River Safari is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s
portfolio of award-winning parks. Nestled between Singapore’s two
award-winning wildlife parks – Singapore Zoo and Night Safari –
River Safari offers an unforgettable adventure inspired by eight of the
world’s most iconic rivers.
Visit Murray River In River Safari
Australian aboriginal mythology speaks of the Great Ancestor,
Ngurunderi, who created the Murray River with his tracks while
chasing a Murray cod. Scientists, however, believe that it was
created some 40 million years ago and has remained virtually in
the same place since
With ancestors dating back to over 400 million years ago - way
older than the dinosaurs – this fish has experienced little evolution.
What makes this endangered lungfish unique is not just its ability to
breathe out of water, it also has only one lung whereas other
species have two. Try spotting the lungfish while you’re here. Just
look out for a long, heavy dull-coloured body with large, overlapping
scales, small eyes as well as fins resembling flippers.
Red Clawed Crayfish
Also known as the yabby, this Australian freshwater crayfish is commonly
found in streams, billabongs and lakes on the north coast of the Northern
Territory and northeastern Queensland. In its natural environment, yabbies
feed mainly on decaying animals and vegetation. Observe this tropical
invertebrate as it moves about “touching” and “tasting” with its feelers. To
identify the male yabby, look out for a distinct red patch on their claws.
The Murray is cod is the largest freshwater fish in Australia. It is a long-
lived species, potentially living to over 45 years of age. With needle-
like teeth, this highly territorial and aggressive predatory freshwater
fish is a voracious feeder with a varied diet of fish, crustaceans, water
birds, frogs, turtles and terrestrial animals such as mice and snakes.
While the Murray cod once inhabited the entire Murray-Darling basin in
very great numbers, it is now a critically endangered species due to
severe overfishing, river regulations and habitat degradation.