A fascinating group of animals has become an attraction for tourists at River Safari Wildlife Park. A huge gathering of approximately 1,500 visitors congregated on Singapore's new $160 million River Safari park. It was the opening day for the park.
Schoolchildren, tourists and workers have been gathering at the opening of the park. The biggest attractions for them are pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia.
Hotel receptionist Albert Foo arrived at the place half an hour early for the ceremony. The 66-year-old said he had stayed with the animals and plants all through his life. He mentioned that he had taken an off from work and woken up at 5.30am to reach for the ceremony on time.
British migrant Gary Butcher said he had visited the place earlier for the pandas. But, he said this was not the only attraction for the visitors. Manatees in the Amazon Flooded Forest and many other animals can been temping for the animal lovers.
One of the tourists said, "Although I love the pandas, the sight of the manatees is really refreshing. I could just sit for hours watching them".
Ms. Patricia Auyeong, acting chief executive of the Tourism Management Institute of Singapore, said the bears have received the tag of endangered species and have now become an attraction for many.