Be wowed by (virtual) animal antics at night

The zoo will launch its Rainforest Lumina attraction tomorrow - a trail featuring interactive light and sound installations showcasing animals like orangutans.
The zoo will launch its Rainforest Lumina attraction tomorrow - a trail featuring interactive light and sound installations showcasing animals like orangutans.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG KH

Its animals may be fast asleep, but the Singapore Zoo is giving visitors the chance to see them in a night-time setting - albeit in a virtual form.

The zoo will launch its Rainforest Lumina attraction tomorrow - a 1km trail featuring interactive light and sound installations showcasing animals such as orangutans, pangolins and flying foxes.

The night walk, launched to celebrate the zoo's 45th anniversary, covers nearly half of the zoo's area.

Rainforest Lumina is a collaboration between Wildlife Reserves Singapore and multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory, and will run until the end of December. Mr Mike Barclay, group chief executive of zoo owner Mandai Park Holdings, said the attraction aims to spread the message of wildlife conservation, and ties in with efforts to ramp up the use of technology in and around the precinct.

With the zoo closing at 6pm every day and its animals retreating from the exhibit areas to the back of house, the collaboration presents an opportunity to activate the wildlife park in the dark and attract a new crowd in teens and young adults, he said.

During the nearly 10-month preparation process, efforts were made to ensure minimal disturbance to the animals. These included impact studies and ensuring the light and sound were projected away from the back of house, which has been insulated and installed with cameras to monitor any disturbance to the animals.

Tickets to the event cost $22 for adults and $16 for children, excluding zoo admission. It will run from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, with seven entry timings a day.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Be wowed by (virtual) animal antics at night'. Print Edition | Subscribe