Animals and Zones at River Wonders

About River Wonders

River Wonders Singapore is a tour inside the majestic river-themed Park that houses over 400 plant species and more than 7500 terrestrial and aquatic animals. The Park spreads across 12 hectares featuring replicas of freshwater habitats of rivers like the Nile, the Mekong River, the Congo Basin, the Amazon Basin, the Mary River, the Yangtze River and Ganges River. This wildlife park has the largest collection of freshwater animals in the world with the River Wonders Singapore animals belonging to over 240 different species .

The Park is divided into different zones and in these River Wonders zones you will find unique and exotic animals such as the Chinese giant salamanders, the Giant River Otters, the rare Chinese alligators, Australian lungfish, the endangered Indian gharial and the giant Mekong catfish. The main highlights of the River Wonders Singapore are the Giant Pandas Kai Kai, Jia Jia and their newborn cub Le Le.

The main purpose of the River Wonders Singapore is to inspire and educate visitors of the importance of protecting the fragile ecosystem of the freshwater river basin and its inhabitants around the world. Nearly 40% of the River Wonders animals are endangered species and the Park is involved in the conservation and preservation of these beautiful animals. Plan your Visit by keeping in mind the River Wonders location and how to reach River Wonders Singapore to make the best of your visit.

Zones at River Wonders Singapore

Amazon Flooded Forest

The Amazon Flooded Forest is a massive complex which features a cave-like walkthrough lined with a few exhibits along its curved paths. The path leads to the largest freshwater tank in the Park that is house to the famous the manatees and the arapaimas.

What is unique about this Zone:

The main highlight of this Zone is the pair of Giant River Otters - Chico and Carla. These River Wonders animals are showcased for the first time in Asia.

Animals to be spotted:

In this Zone you will find electric eels, discus, Bolivian ram cichlid, black finned pacu, red bellied piranha, striped silver dollars, oscars, album angelfish, arapaimas and manatees.

Congo River

This River Wonders zones replicate the cascading waterfalls and moist leafy forests of the Congo Basin. The Congo River is the world's second deepest freshwater river in the world and this Zone in the Park features its unique characteristics.

What makes this Zone unique:

The zone features the most diverse marine and aquatic species of the freshwater ecosystems in the world.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Animals found in this Zone are the most colorful of the River Wonders animals blue neon cichlid, fairy cichlids, large spot catfish, lemon cichlids, tailspot ctenopoma, yellow sand cichlids, Tanganyikan butterfly cichlid, and red spot callochromis.

Ganges River

The River Ganges is the most revered river amongst Hindus and it is formed by the convergence of several Himalayan freshwater springs. The Ganges River Zone replicates the natural habitat of this majestic river.

What is unique about this Zone:

The zone is inspired by the many Hindu temples that can be found on its banks. This River Wonders zones feature several aquatic animals that inhabit the South Asian freshwater bodies.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

This exhibit showcases the fish eating Indian gharial, goonch catfish, the frog faced softshell turtle, and the giant devil catfish.

Giant Panda Forest

The most famous River Wonders Singapore animals- Kai Kai and Jia Jia- the giant pandas are found in the Giant Panda Forest.

What is unique about this Zone:

This zone is the largest panda exhibit in the world and it has a specially designed biodome with state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control to ensure a comfortable environment for the pandas. The zone replicates the natural habitat of these endangered animals right from plants, to boulders to water features.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia as well as their new baby Le Le. The zone also has the red pandas.

Mary River

The Mary River is famous for its exotic biodiversity and it features some of the most unique aquatic species in the world. The exhibit features the freshwater stream of Mary River which then leads to brackish and saltwater as it empties into the sea.

What is unique about this Zone:

This River Wonders Zone features some of the most unique and peculiar aquatic animals in the world. A fish that skips about in the mud, a lunged fish that can survive in sluggish stagnant waters.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Australian kingfish, the mudskipper fish and the bandit archer are the River Wonders Singapore animals that can be spotted in this Zone.

Mekong River

The Mekong River begins from the Tibetan plateau and journeys past six countries before it joins the open sea. The river is fed by the melting snow of the Tibetan plateaus. This exhibit is one of the largest at the Park, and features aquatic inhabitants of the Mekong River.

What is unique about this Zone:

The Mekong River is second only to the Amazon Basin in terms of aquatic animals. This Zone features this unique environment and houses several giants of the catfish species, stingrays and a few others.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Here, you can get a close look at the giant Mekong catfish, the giant freshwater stingray, Arowana, Burmese archer fish, Eurasian spoonbill, high fin catfish, painted stork, rhinoceros carpet, rufous night heron, spotted whistling duck, sutchi catfish, wallago and the Siamese carpet.

Nile River

The River Nile has been the source of productivity and wealth for Egypt and nearby countries right from the Stone Age. This River Wonders Zones feature submerged ruins and structures that will transport you to ancient Egypt.

What is unique about this Zone:

This Zone features amazing yet dangerous predator River Wonders Singapore animals such as the goliath tigerfish, arowana, etc. What is unique about this Zone is that all these predatory fish are able to thrive together in the same tank because each of them have the natural tendency to occupy different layers of the water.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Animals you can see up close in the River Nile exhibit are African arowanas, goliath tigerfish, African pike, African tigerfish, hornet tilapia, saddled richie and the lapradei richie.

River Gems

Freshwater habitats across the globe support about 45% of the aquatic plants and animals species. The River Gems zone features the biodiversity of these freshwater habitats from around the world and showcases some of the most vibrant colored River Wonders animals in the Park.

What is unique about this Zone:

The most unique feature of this Zone is the sheer variety of colorful aquatic species that overwhelms every visitor.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

River Wonders animals seen here are cardinal tetra, Caribbean flamingo, fohaku pufferfish, capybara, phantom tetra, harlequin rasbora, the jaguar, giant panda, penguin tetra, rainbow shark, rummy nose tetra, red howler monkey, red tailed hemiodus tetra, white faced saki and the red panda.

Yangtze River

The Yangtze River, at 6300 km, is the longest River in Asia and holds over 40% of the freshwater sources of China. Several River Wonders Singapore animals call this massive zone home.

What is unique about this Zone:

The Yangtze River Zone showcases the Chinese alligator which is one of the rarest Crocodile species in the world. The zone also features other unique and endangered animals like the sturgeon and the Giant pandas.

Animals spotted in this Zone:

Chinese giant salamander, Chinese softshell turtle, grass carp, giant pandas, red panda, Phoenix barb, sturgeon and the Chinese alligator.

Animals at River Wonders Singapore

Chinese Giant Salamander

The Chinese giant salamander are ancient creatures that have existed since the time of the dinosaurs. They can live upto 52 years if cared well and feed on smaller fish, salamanders and other invertebrates. They are mostly found in the cold streams of the Yangtze, Yellow and Pearl River of China.

Electric Eel

The electric eel is a fascinating creature capable of generating over 800 volts of electricity and has cells that store this electric current like batteries. This charge is then used bit by bit to attack its prey. Their natural habitat is the slow moving waters of the Amazon and Orinoco basin. At the River Wonders Singapore it is housed in the Amazon Flooded Forest.

Giant Freshwater Stingray

Very little is known about this massive yet elusive creature. The Giant freshwater Stingray is probably the largest freshwater fish weighing over 600kgs as adults. Females can be about 6 times larger than this and they give birth to young ones. They prefer a laid back lifestyle and are mostly found gliding on the river beds. These amazing giants can be seen in the Mekong River zone in River Wonders.

Giant Panda

The Giant Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are the main highlights of the River Wonders Singapore. They now have a cub together, Le Le which was born in August 2021. The Giant Pandas are natives of the Sichuan Mountains, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces of China and their main diet are bamboos. These beautiful creatures are one of the most endangered animals in the world. The Giant Pandas are kept in a specially designed enclosure, The Giant Panda Forest in the Park.

Giant River Otter

Giant river otters are social animals, they like to live and work together as families. These playful creatures are not born swimmers but are taught swimming by their parents. Here, in the Amazon Flooded Forest you can meet Chico and Carla the giant river otters who love to play with their many toys.

Goliath Tigerfish

The Goliath tigerfish can be seen in the Nile River Zone of the River Wonders Singapore. These massive tiger fishes are famous for their razor-like teeth. They have muscular bodies and they are the most spectacular predators of the river.

Green Anaconda

The Green Anacondas are one of the heaviest snakes in the world and can be mostly found in the Amazon River Basins and Orinoco Basin of South America. The females give birth to over 40 young ones at a time but most fall prey to predators like caimans and piranhas. At the River Wonders Singapore they can be seen in the Wild Amazonia zone.

Indian Gharial

The Indian gharial is related to crocodiles and alligators and once were natives of the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Now, they are a highly endangered species and completely extinct in the Myanmar and Pakistan region. At the River Wonders Singapore these exotic creatures can be found in the Ganges River Zone.


Manatees are massive fully aquatic mammals and they mostly feed on aquatic vegetation. The largest manatee in the River Wonders is Eva weighing over 1200kgs. Pedro is the oldest male in the Park and Canola is the baby of the group. These large beings can be found in the Amazon Flooded Forest zone of the River Wonders Singapore.

Mekong Giant Catfish

the Mekong giant catfish has several unique features and one of the most fascinating ones is that the young fry are cannibals who devour their own siblings and zooplankton. But when they are about 1 year old they lose all their teeth and turn into herbivores. At the Park you can see these fascinating creatures in the Mekong River Zone.

Red Panda

Red pandas, just like the giant pandas, are solitary animals and they like their space. They have a thumb-like feature in their paws to help them hold on to the bamboo. Their native habitats are the temperate forest of China, Bhutan and Nepal. At the River Wonders you can find these adorable creatures in the Giant Panda Forest and Yangtze River zone.

Red-Bellied Piranha

Red bellied piranhas are famous for their shark-like teeth and powerful trap-like snap. Also, just like sharks, piranhas lose and replace their teeth their whole lifetime. These freshwater animals are mostly scavengers but they do prey on smaller fishes or other water animals. In the River Wonders you can take a closer look at these creatures in the Amazon Flooded Forest zone.

Squirrel Monkey

Squirrel monkeys are found in large groups of over 300 in the wild and they mostly feed on fruits and insects. They are arboreal animals and thrive in the canopy of the Amazon rainforests. The group in the River Wonders Singapore are fed carrots, beans, sweet potatoes, hazelnuts and almonds. These can be seen swing from tree to tree in the Squirrel Monkey Forest zone in the Park.


The Sturgeon fish is one of the most valued fish in the world, especially the Beluga sturgeon which is famous for the Beluga caviar. This species of fish can live up to 100 years under human care. These bottom dwellers feed on insects, invertebrates and sometimes dead fish. You can take a close look at these amazing creatures in the Yangtze River zone.


What are the Singapore River Wonders timings?

River Wonders Singapore opening hours are between 10am to 7pm and last entry at 6pm. Plan your visit to River Wonders zones - Amazon River Quest and Squirrel Monkey Forest opening hours are between 11am to 6pm. Giant Panda Forest opening hours are between 10am to 10:15 pm.

How do I reach the Singapore River Wonders?

By MRT:Take the MRT to Khatib MRT station and head to exit A. From here you can board the Mandai Khatib Shuttle which is a direct bus that will take you to River Wonders Singapore and it takes about 15 minutes to get there.

By Bus:You can reach River Wonders by boarding bus number 138 from Ang Mo Kio Bus Terminal. These buses are available at 8 to 15 minutes intervals from 6:30am to 11:45pm.

By taxi:Taxis are available from any part of Singapore to take you to the Park. However the most cost effective way would be to take the MRT to Khatib MRT Station then take a taxi to River Wonders from there.

How long will it take to complete River Wonders park?

Recommended time to spend at River Wonders Singapore is at least 2 hours in order to visit all the zones and see most of the River Wonders Singapore animals.

How many types of boat rides are there in River Wonders?

River Wonders offers two types of boat rides - the Amazon River Quest which is a 10 minute boat ride and the Reservoir Cruise which is a 30 minute cruise on an artificially created reservoir.

How long will boat rides in River Wonders take ?

The Amazon River Quest boat ride is for 15 minutes and the Reservoir Cruise is a 30 minute long boat ride.

What are the things to do at River Wonders Singapore ?

  • Explore the River Trails:

In the River trails, explore the aquatic wildlife enclosed within one of the largest freshwater aquariums in the world. There is a wide viewing panel from where you can get close and enjoy views of the beautiful Marine creatures swimming about.

  • Meet the Manatees:

At the River Wonders Singapore, Manatee Mania is a highly popular experience and you get to meet a whole family of these gentle giants.

  • Enjoy Storytelling Time:

“Once Upon a River” is a show hosted by a team of anchors and they relate the story of the relationship between the animals and rivers around the world that they call home. Meet some rare animals like the Great White Pelican, Green Iguana, Red Panda and Brahminy kite.

  • Indulge in a River Ride:

An exciting boat ride along the river awaits you on the Amazon River Quest. There are many animals in the lush green forest where you can see them while enjoying the ride.

  • Enjoy a Reservoir Cruise:

Enjoy a relaxing Reservoir Cruise at the end of a trip to the River Wonders Singapore. This is a 30 minutes boat ride on an artificially created river which resembles a reservoir.

  • Explore Restaurants and Shopping Places:Restaurants include Starbucks, Mama Panda Kitchen etc. and they get their seafood from sustainable sources and the Park has two gift shops - River Wonder Shop and House of Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

Are there any rules for the Singapore River Wonders

  • Visitors should not venture into prohibited areas.
  • Do not feed or tease the River Wonders animals.
  • Visitors should be seated at all times and keep their hands inside during the boat rides.
  • Exhibit areas should not be overcrowded
  • Do not use videos and pictures of the Park for commercial purposes without the explicit consent of the Park authorities.
  • Pets and plants are not allowed inside the Park
  • Personal vehicles like scooters, tricycles are not allowed inside the Park.
  • Do not use flash for photography in the Park.

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