Lest you’re unaware… Singapore gets pretty boring.
I mean, there’s only so much you can do here: consuming copious portions of Swensen’s Earthquakes, indulging in light bouts of bungee jumping and downloading the Goody Feed app so your commute back and forth work / school would be less boring.
But hey guess what, if you’re sick and tired of Singapore (and the Goody Feed app) and just want to move to the Himalayas and be a monk, don’t. Yet.
Not until you’ve experienced Singapore Zoo’s newest night attraction, the Rainforest Lumina, anyway.
Packed with a plethora of eye-opening aesthetics, this is one attraction you will definitely want to forgo your upcoming monkhood for.
1. Rainforest Lumina
As part of its 45th anniversary, the Singapore Zoo has launched an all-new experience called the Rainforest Lumina attraction, which grants visitors the chance to see animals in a whole new light:
Night time setting, virtual form.
2. Key features
Featuring interactive light and sound installations showcasing animals like orangutans, pangolins and flying foxes, the 1KM trail walk covers nearly half of the zoo’s area and features 11 mist-filled zones. Talk about big.
The attraction was launched on 1 July 2018 and will run until the end of December.
So no worries if you’re out of town for a pretty long while. The zoo got your back
And of course, the prices. As exciting as it sounds, it wouldn’t really mean shit if we have to fork out hundreds of bucks (I’m looking at you World Cup) for it.
Thankfully, it’s not quite so exorbitant, as tickets to the event will set you back by about $22 for adults and $16 for children (excluding zoo admission). That’s not unreasonable.
Also, the spectacle will run from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with seven entry timings a day.
Naturally, the Singapore Zoo didn’t come up with all the fancy gadgets required to generate such apparitions (unless you’re telling me that the zookeepers are animatronic-certified), as this venture is actually a collaboration between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Moment Factory, a multimedia entertainment studio.
Incidentally, Moment Factory is behind the Lumina night walk series that has appeared at venues like the Canadian seaside and an island in Japan.
6. Wildlife Conservation
According to Mr Mike Barclay, group chief executive of zoo owner Mandai Park Holdings, the attraction aims to “spread the message of wildlife conservation” and coincide with “efforts to ramp up the use of technology in and around the precinct”.
Additionally, it also presented an opportunity to activate the whole nightly wildlife experience and pull in a new crowd.
“We are aware that there are certain segments, particularly among locals, where we don’t really have a strong appeal,” said Mr Barclay, who said the new attraction hopes to draw teenagers and young adults.
“A lot of people come to the zoo with their kids and grandchildren but there are whole sections in between where we don’t get a lot of visitation.”
Which would surely mean more bangs for your buck, but hey we get it Mr Barclay. A man has gotta earn money.
7. Public (animal) disturbance
According to the Straits Times, the preparation process for the whole activity took nearly 10 months to complete.
Which is cool and all, but wouldn’t the entire prepping process affect the animals?
Well luckily for us, efforts were actually taken to make sure that minimal disturbance was done to the park’s animals.
These included impact studies, simulations, as well as ensuring that light and sound were turned away from the back of the house. Additionally, the back of the house has also been insulated and armed with spy cameras that monitor any disturbance to the animals.
“It would have been a deal-breaker for us if it was going to be stressful for the animals,” he said.
So yes, you can sleep tight knowing that you’re not going to the Rainforest Lumina at some poor animals’ insomniac sake.
(Is it just me, or do someone else think that when night falls, the animals in the zoo all disappeared and were transported to Mars?)
8. So what are you waiting for?
If you’ve been waiting for another lights show that’s not iLights, this is it. Granted you gotta fork out a bit of dough, but from the looks of it…
We reckon it’s well worth it.
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