Singapore to develop 126-hectare eco-tourism hub


Concept art of the new Rainforest Park

SINGAPORE will be home to a 126ha wildlife and nature precinct dedicated to eco-tourism come 2023.

The space in development, situated just outside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Mandai, is currently home to the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari.

The plan is for two more wildlife parks to join its ranks – a brand-new Rainforest Park and the Bird Park, which will relocate from its current space in Jurong. Eco-friendly accommodations are also in the works.

Visitors will be able to stroll on aerial walkways at the 12.5ha Rainforest Park, or relax in pods and watch birds take flight in nine aviaries that feature different landscapes at the 17ha Bird Park. The precinct’s surrounds will also boast nature trails, boardwalks, gardens, waterways and playgrounds.

The main hub area will feature an indoor nature-themed education centre and hold exhibitions aimed at raising awareness and appreciation for the region’s biodiversity and natural heritage.

“Visitors have asked for more novel, engaging and immersive experiences and we hope the new Mandai nature precinct will provide all that and more,” said Mike Barclay, group CEO of Mandai Safari Park Holdings.

“We are also mindful of the need to provide appealing public spaces so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Mandai nature precinct.”

The new developments at Mandai are slated to be completed in phases from 2020 onwards.

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