Walk-in Civet Exhibit Among New Species at Singapore Night Safari

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In Singapore, visitors can expect new wildlife encounters along the Night Safari walking trails, including the park’s first walk-in exhibit for its civet cats and the debut of two unique new nocturnal mammals, the Brazilian Porcupine and the Grey-handed Nocturnal Monkey.

A young smalltooth palm civet looks curiously at Noor Najilah Binti Anifah, night safari keeper, as she prepares to hang a feeder with the civet’s favorite treats. The feeder will be hung strategically in the brightest areas of the exhibits where guests can observe the animals. Photo courtesy: Mandai Wildlife Group

Nestled in the Leopard Trail, the walk-in civet exhibit is the new home of seven common palm civets and seven smalltooth palm civets.

Civets are arboreal species and spend most of their time in trees. To ensure guests can closely observe the feeding and foraging behaviors of the civets, feeders are strategically huge in areas near walkways throughout the 677 square meter habitat.

Night Safari's new walk-in exhibit where visitors can walk through a naturalistic, barrier-free habitat to watch civet acrobatics in the trees.

Night Safari’s new walk-in exhibit where visitors can walk through a naturalistic, barrier-free habitat to watch civet acrobatics in the trees. Photo courtesy: Mandai Wildlife Group

It is safe for customers to share the same space with the civets and signs are in place to remind customers not to touch or feed the animals. Visitors are also reminded to stay on designated trails.

“Common palm civets and smalltoothed palm civets are species native to Singapore. Common Palm Civets are well adapted to urban spaces and have been seen in residential areas. rich biodiversity and raise awareness of coexistence with them,” said Saravanan Elangkovan, assistant vice president of animal care at Mandai Wildlife Group.

At the Fishing Cat Trail, two species new to the Night Safari, the Brazilian porcupine and the grey-handed nocturnal monkey, will take up residence in the new mixed habitat featuring small tree-dwelling mammals native to South America. Brazilian porcupines made their debut in the Fishing Cat Trail exhibit while a pair of grey-handed nocturnal monkeys will soon join them later this month. Both species came from European zoos, in accordance with the recommendations of the European Studbook (ESB) programme.

The ESB is an international herd book that provides breeding and translocation recommendations to ensure genetically diverse populations under human care. The Kinkajou, a small mammal related to raccoons and coatimundis, will also share the exhibit.

Saravanan Elangkovan added, “The new habitat on the Fishing Cat Trail has been fitted with dynamic climbing elements such as swinging vines and branches for the animals to display their natural behaviors. Being in a mixed-species habitat promotes cross-interactions between individuals and stimulates them. mentally and physically.”

Nearly three decades after becoming the world’s first nocturnal zoo, Night Safari has continued to innovate to ensure high standards of animal care and welfare while educating people about the world of wildlife and encouraging them to coexist with animals and nature. In April this year, Singapore Night Safari received the prestigious Thea Classic Award 2022 from Themed Entertainment Association for its innovative experiences and continued excellence over 28 years of operation.

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