In Singapore, visitors can look forward to new wildlife encounters along Night Safari’s walking trails, including the park’s first walk-in exhibit for its civets and the debut of two new unique nocturnal mammals, the Brazilian Porcupine and Grey-handed Night Monkey.
Nestled in the Leopard Trail, the walk-in civet exhibit is the new home for seven common palm civets and seven small-toothed palm civets.
Civets are arboreal species and spend most of their time in trees. For guests to be able to observe the civets' feeding and foraging behaviours up close, feeder are strategically huge in areas near the walkaways throughout the 677 square metre habitat.
It is safe for guests to share the same space with the civets and signs are up to remind guests not to touch or feed the animals. Visitors are also reminded to stay on the designated pathways.
"Common Palm Civets and Small-toothed Palm Civets are species native to Singapore. Common Palm Civets are well-adapted to urban spaces and have been sighted in residential areas. Through the walk-in civet exhibit, we hope to deepen people's appreciation of Singapore's rich biodiversity and create awareness about co-existing with them," said Saravanan Elangkovan, Deputy Vice President of Animal Care at Mandai Wildlife Group.
At the Fishing Cat Trail, two species new to Night Safari, the Brazilian Porcupine and Grey-handed Night Monkey will take up residence in the new mixed-species habitat featuring small arboreal mammals native to South America. The Brazilian Porcupines has debuted in the Fishing Cat Trail exhibit while a pair of Gray-handed Night Monkeys will soon join them later this month. Both species were from zoos in Europe, under the European Studbook (ESB) programme recommendation.
The ESB is an international studbook that issues breeding and transfer recommendations to ensure genetically diverse populations under human care. The Kinkajou, a small mammal related to Raccoons and Coatimundis, will also be sharing the exhibit.
Saravanan Elangkovan added, "The new habitat on the Fishing Cat Trail has been furnished with dynamic climbing features such as vines and swinging branches for the animals to exhibit their natural behaviours. Being in a mixed species habitat promotes cross interactions amongst the individuals and stimulates them mentally and physically."
Nearly three decades since becoming the world's first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari has continually innovated to ensure high standards of animal care and welfare while educating people about the world of wildlife and inspiring them to co-exist with animals and nature. In April this year, Singapore Night Safari received the prestigious Thea Classic Award 2022 from the Themed Entertainment Association for innovative experiences and continued excellence across 28 years of operations.