River Safari: Giant Panda Forest

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest entrance

The Giant Panda Forest is a large air-conditioned complex to house the giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, along with some friends – Red Pandas and Golden Pheasants.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest entrance 2

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest

Walking into the Giant Panda Forest is like stepping into a sanctuary – after the outdoor Rivers of the World. A tranquil and air-conditioned one.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest info

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Red Panda

The Red Pandas seem to have a tiny area to move about. Just a few logs and branches.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Giant Panda's diet

The walkway goes past the kitchen, showing what the pandas eat daily – it’s a lot! Bamboo, vegetables and some biscuits.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Poster

Despite the heavy rock theming around the panda complex, there is this jarring flat wall in the middle, poorly masked with a large-format photo. While it’s badly disguised, it’s a nice photo-spot – for visitors to take photos “with” the pandas.

River Safari - Kai Kai

Meet Kai Kai! I was at the park early, so I guess it was breakfast or brunch time.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Kai Kai

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Kai Kai 2

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Kai Kai 3

Kai Kai’s enclosure is located below the typical visitor’s line of sight, so which means not many people will notice what’s happening above. So well, have a look at the interior architecture.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest enclosure

River Safari - Giant Panda roof

The roof windows have this bamboo leaf pattern – very appropriate to break the artificial and modern “metal and glass” look of the place.

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest 2

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest info zone

And here’s Jia Jia. Her den is less interesting than Kai Kai’s in my opinion, and the height of the enclosure places Jia Jia around the typical visitor’s eye level.

River Safari - Jia Jia

River Safari - Giant Panda Forest / Jia Jia

The exit of Giant Panda Forest leads to House of Kai Kai & Jia Jia, a small themed shop. All sorts of cute Panda-themed souvenirs can be bought at the gift shop. You can bring a small Kai Kai or Jia Jia plush toy home, for $29.90 each.

River Safari - Mama Panda Kitchen

Mama Panda Kitchen is just right about the corner. It’s a small fast-food eatery with Panda-shaped Red Bean Buns (which looks like Kai Kai’s head) and Bamboo Rice, among other Chinese dishes.

River Safari - Panda Forest Exit

A colourful mural at the exit of the Giant Panda Forest – The Frozen Tundra attraction was supposed to be here (opening as part of the Singapore Zoo instead), but for now it’s just an attractive wall.


To be continued


River Safari Photo Tour

Rivers of the World: Mississippi River, Congo River, River Nile, Ganges River
Rivers of the World II: Murray River, Mekong River, Yangtze River
Giant Panda Forest
Wild Amazonia (under construction) & Squirrel Monkey Forest

Coming Soon
Amazon Flooded Forest

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