The rainforest comes alive after dark

From now until December, the Singapore Zoo comes alive at dusk with its latest nocturnal attraction – the Rainforest Lumina – a night walk unveiled in conjunction with its 45th anniversary.

From now until December, the Singapore Zoo comes alive at dusk with its latest nocturnal attraction – the Rainforest Lumina – a night walk unveiled in conjunction with its 45th anniversary.

The attraction is an illuminated one-kilometre-long trail decked out with interactive light, multimedia projections and sound installations, and covers about half of the zoo’s area. It is open from 19.30 to 00.00, with the last entry at 22.30.

While the walk doesn’t involve any interaction with live animals – which are moved back of house at night – visitors will have the chance to interact with eight virtual animals. These eight creatures – an orang-utan, flying fox, sloth, chameleon, otter, pangolin, hornbill and white tiger cub – appear in various exhibits.

There are 11 zones in total, a few of which are interactive. For instance, in the Sing Like An Animal zone, guests can sing (or hum, croak or yell) into a microphone, and the more sound made, the more vivid, colourful and elaborate the projection will be.

Other memorable zones along the trail included the countless dancing green fireflies, and a section dedicated to luminous stalks of flowers.

Aside from spreading the message of wildlife conservation, this light-up was an opportunity for the Singapore Zoo to activate the precinct after the zoo closes at 18.00.
Tickets cost S$22 (US$16) for adults, and $16 for children ages three to 12.

Rainforest Lumina is a collaboration between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Moment Factory, a Canada-based multimedia entertainment company. It is the first Lumina instalment in South-east Asia, and the seventh in the world.

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