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Dodging Red Giant Flying Squirrels at Singapore Night Safari

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When you think about Singapore, you don’t immediately think about safaris. And fair enough, the night safari at Singapore, isn’t a proper safari in the African sense. You know with a jeep, in the jungle with a few guns in case the lions get too friendly. No, it’s more the zoo kind of safari, but at night.

The problem with zoos is that most animals are nocturnal, so if you go there during the day, the animals are often asleep, and not much fun to watch. So the the idea is to see them at night time, when they are active.

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We arrived at the Night Safari in the evening as it was just starting to get dark. We first went to see the show they have with animals. The show is probably more aimed at kids but we still actually enjoyed it. They had various animals going around the stage, including raccoons, wolfs, big cats, otters and so on; And some even going above or in the midst of the crowd.

After the show be boarded a tram that goes around parts of the safari area. We could see various animals quite close, including giraffes, zebras, hippos, elephants, deers and such. There are no fences for most animals, the area is designed so that the more dangerous animals can’t get to the road. Some of the animals however are also allowed to roam freely, so you’ll see animals just walking or laying beside the road.

While the tram was good, the much better way of seeing the Night Safari, is walking thru the area which is quite big. You can’t go wandering by yourself into the jungle at random, but there is a path that goes around the area. The walk is quite nice, there really aren’t any bright street lights, so mostly you’ll be walking in the dark, which definitely adds to the atmosphere, as there isn’t too many people walking around, and you can hear the jungle noises from everywhere around you.

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When you’re walking around, you can get quite close to the animals, and like I said before, there are no fences for most animals, so you can just admire them from maybe five or ten meters. There are fences for some of the bigger felines, because, you know, they could eat you.

They have a bat cage, that you can walk trough. We could see hundreds of bats hanging about in the trees eating fruits, and flying around. You sometimes see them fly, sometimes you just feel a slight brush of air. But you just keep walking slowly, confident in the fact that they won’t hit you.

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But even better than the bat cage, was the cage for the red giant flying squirrels, which are a lot bigger than the garden variety squirrels we have in Europe. I had three fly over me as they jumped from one tree to the one behind me that had food on it, just missing me by a meter. It was absolutely amazing.

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We also saw the Slow Loris (think of a very small sloth, but cuter), which has to be stupidest (and funniest) animal around. I just don’t understand how it hasn’t gone extinct yet. They just brought food into their cage for the little animals and put it hanging from a branch. Then for fifteen minutes we watched the Lorises going around the different branches, but always taking the wrong branch, never quite managing to get to the food, even thou they were so close sometimes. After fifteen minutes we gave up, there was noway they would actually ever make it.

Other new favorite animal of mine is now the Lesser Mouse Deer, which is best described as a rat sized deer with chopsticks as legs. Seriously, that is the best description I can come up with. I wish I had a photo of that, because we saw quite few them, but that is the only problem with a night safari, taking photos is ridicilously difficult because there just isn’t any light!

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