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Mekong River

The majestic Mekong River is certainly the “Mother of all Rivers”, as the Thais and Laotians call it, with at least 60 million people in Asia depending on it for fish and other resources.  At over 4,300 kilometres, this Southeast Asian beauty is the tenth largest in the world. Rising from the Tibetan plateau fed by melting snow, the Mekong River makes its journey through six countries before entering South Vietnam and flowing out to the South China Sea.

Experience the charm of the Mekong at River Safari and get up close to some of the world’s largest freshwater animal species – the Mekong giant catfish and the giant freshwater stingray. These river giants are housed in a massive exhibit that is as large as four double decker buses! Nearby, watch the crab eating macaque dive in to the flooded mangrove for food. And spy the lesser adjutant stork as well as other inhabitants of the unique Mekong river padi field eco-system.

 

Mekong Giant Catfish

Come face to face with the largest freshwater fish in the world, with a record growth of 3.2 metres long...

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Mekong Giant Catfish

Come face to face with the largest freshwater fish in the world, with a record growth of 3.2 metres long and 300 kilograms in weight! Unlike other catfish, it has no barbels, the “whiskers” normally found on both sides of the mouth. A critically endangered species it is estimated that 90 percent of the total population has been wiped out in just the last decade alone, with experts believing that there may only be a few hundred left alive.

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Giant Freshwater Stingray

Another goliath of the Mekong river is the giant freshwater stingray which can weigh almost 600 kilograms...

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Giant Freshwater Stingray

Another goliath of the Mekong river is the giant freshwater stingray which can weigh almost 600 kilograms and grow up to a diameter of 5 metres. This mysterious prehistoric predatory fish inhabits some of the wildest and  most remote waters on earth, and was known only by legend until about two decades ago. It is so strong that it has been known to pull boats of unsuspecting fishermen down rivers, and sometimes even underwater! However, despite its massive size and power, its numbers are dwindling due to overfishing and habitat loss.

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Crab-eating Macaque

This small primate is commonly found throughout Southeast Asia...

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Crab-eating Macaque

This small primate is commonly found throughout Southeast Asia. Highly sociable, they live in groups of 5 to 60 and dine on a variety of fruits, insects, eggs, leaves and even clay and bark. Its excellent swimming skills allow them to nimbly forage within the river for crabs and other aquatic life for food.

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