We finally visited River Safari last week! We’d initially wanted to visit River Safari on my little boy’s birthday but hubby couldn’t take leave on that day so we postponed it for a week.
Since the highlight of the trip was to check out the pandas and let my panda-crazy boy see real pandas (hop over to check out his panda birthday cake and win a delicious Emicakes cake while you’re there), I thought I’ll start our River Safari experience with the Giant Panda Forest.
The Giant Panda Forest is located at the Yangtze River zone at River Safari, which is quite a distance from the entrance.
The state-of-the-art biodome was designed and landscaped to simulate the giant pandas’ natural habitat in China and is climate-controlled to 18° to 22°C. And Kevin Kern’s music was on the whole time we were there. It was really cool and very serene.
Besides Jia Jia and Kai Kai, you can view the golden pheasant and red pandas.
Kai Kai was sleeping when we arrived –
so we went to try our luck with Jia Jia. On the way there, there’s a giant panda with a baby panda exhibit (yes, the pink thingy is a baby panda).
We spent some time reading about the panda’s growth –
We also popped by to take a look at the food preparation room and learnt that both pandas eat carrots and apples on top of their bamboo diet.
And since Jia Jia was hiding and only came out for a very short while just outside her den to have a drink (and proceeded back in – you can view her via the cctv they installed in her den as she’s very shy), we went for a snack at Mama Panda Kitchen where buns shaped like the panda’s face are sold alongside other food.
Needless to say, the kids were thrilled that the cafe had a section that was panda-themed.
Presenting the “die-die must-try” buns which we had seen advertised earlier on a banner –
The buns tasted ok – they could have been a little more generous with the fillings which were pretty good.
After our snack, Kai Kai was awake and was on his way to eat!! I’ll leave you with photos and videos of the glorious panda who spent much of his time eating and wandering around looking for food placed all around. Stay tuned to the next part of our River Safari experience!
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