Night Safari has unveiled a brand-new amphitheatre as well as a refreshed version of Creatures of the Night show. The 1,000-seat amphitheatre boasts 30 per cent more capacity, as well as enhanced stage features, in the biggest change to the presentation format since its launch in December 2003.
The transformation took over a year, and the amphitheatre is now in a new fully sheltered location near the park entrance, allowing presentations to go on in inclement weather. Multiple new tech elements such as an LED wall and the latest in surround sound and lighting have been introduced to elevate the storytelling and transport the audience into new environments. Inspired by natural landscapes, the stage is thoughtfully designed with water features and thematic trees to bring out the natural behaviours of the animals. The new space also features spacious back-of-house facilities that allow the programme animals to exhibit their diverse range of natural behaviours while they are not on stage, a key component in ensuring animal welfare and quality of life.
The renewed Creatures of the Night will include new animal species additions. An Indian Crested Porcupine and Raccoon Dog as well as Bearded Pigs will share the stage with existing wildlife ambassadors such as the Asian Small-clawed Otters, Malay Fish Owl, and Fennec Fox. Chan Poh Shan, Assistant Vice President of Animal Behaviour and Programmes, Mandai Wildlife Group said, “Animal presentations like this are important ways for us to educate guests about wildlife, the crucial role they play in the ecosystem and learn how everyone can do their part to help protect them. With the refreshed presentation narrative, we have introduced more animals that guests may not otherwise have the chance to see and shine the spotlight on the enigmatic wildlife that come out under the cover of darkness and their astounding natural abilities. Our preparations in the months leading up to this launch involved countless hours of getting the animals used to the new environment. We hope guests will walk away from Creatures of the Night with a newfound or deeper appreciation for nature.”
Before the visual feast of Creatures of the Night, visitors can enjoy two new exhibits which feature a rotation of different animal ambassadors along the walkway towards the amphitheatre. Here, guests can observe animals such as Fennec Foxes and Binturongs. The hefty Burmese and Reticulated Pythons, retired from previous iterations of Creatures of the Night, will also feature in the naturalistic habitats.
Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group