There’s A New Walk-In Civet Exhibit And Two New Species At The Night Safari

Here’s a new date idea. This June, head down to the Night Safari for more exciting wildlife encounters along the park’s walking trails. The Night Safari has launched a new walk-in exhibit of its civets, and welcomed two unique nocturnal animals, the Brazilian porcupine and grey-handed night monkey.

A new walk-in civet exhibit

Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupA common palm civet

To catch the civets, head to the Night Safari’s Leopard Trail. The barrier-free exhibit now houses seven common palm civets and seven small-toothed palm civets.

The lush exhibit has been filled with trees, manmade vines and branches for these adorable, arboreal animals to show off their climbing abilities. Strategically hung feeders will also bring them closer to the walkways, so you’ll get a unique opportunity to watch closely as they feed and drill.

small-toothed palm civet at Night Safari
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupA young small-toothed palm civet looks on curiously at Night Safari keeper

Civets are actually a species native to Singapore and are well adapted to our urban environment. “Through the walk-in civet exhibit, we hope to deepen people’s appreciation of Singapore’s rich biodiversity and create awareness about co-existing with them,” said Saravanan Elangkovan, Deputy Vice President of Animal Care at Mandai Wildlife Group.

Debut of two new species

Brazilian Porcupine
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupThe Brazilian porcupine

Meanwhile, the Brazilian porcupine and grey-handed night monkey have taken up residence along the park’s Fishing Cat Trail. Watch the Brazilian porcupine use its signature long, prehensile tail to climb and move around in the trees. The grey-handed night monkey, unique for being one of the few true nocturnal monkeys in the world, is similarly agile, making full use of the vines and swinging branches of its habitat.

Keep your eye sharp for other small arboreal mammals native to South America housed within the same exhibit – including the Kinkajou, a small mammal related to racoons and coatimundis.

A pair of grey-handed night monkeys
Photograph: Mandai Wildlife GroupA pair of grey-handed night monkeys

The Night Safari is open daily from 6.30pm to midnight. To visit the park’s new exhibits, go to its official website to book your tickets.

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