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River Nile

The world’s longest river at 6,650 kilometres, the Nile has been bringing life and wealth into Egypt since the Stone Age. Meandering through 10 African countries, it quenches the surrounding desert terrain and deposits rich sediments that fertilise crop lands. Flowing from the Great Lakes in East Africa all the way up into the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile is the lifeline of the 360 million people who live around it.

Inspired by the lost world of ancient Egypt, this ‘River of Life’ at River Safari features creatures both spectacular and savage. As you observe the submerged ruins, be on the alert for the fearsome tigerfish and the curious looking giraffe catfish.

 

African Arowana

Although a member of the arowana family and despite being called an "Arowana", this fish is more...

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African Arowana

Although a member of the arowana family and despite being called an "Arowana", this fish is more closely related to the arapaima. Also, unlike other arowanas, the African arowana lacks barbels or "whiskers" and is considered a mud feeder, feeding mainly on vegetation, algae and zooplankton. It is also unique in that it has oxygen-breathing capabilities which allows it to survive in low-oxygen waters in its native Africa.

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Tigerfish

Like its namesake from the cat kingdom, this fish is a powerful predator...

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Tigerfish

Like its namesake from the cat kingdom, this fish is a powerful predator. Regal yet fearsome, its long slender body shimmers beautifully with iridescent silvery scales. Swimming in schools and hunting in packs, its torpedo shaped body allows it to move at high velocity giving it the advantage over its prey.  Make sure you wait for it to open its mouth to see its infamous razor-sharp teeth that it uses to chop up its prey!

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Giraffe Catfish

With a colour pattern that resembles the giraffe, it is no wonder why this catfish was named after...

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Giraffe Catfish

With a colour pattern that resembles the giraffe, it is no wonder why this catfish was named after the planet’s tallest mammal.  Growing up to almost a metre long, its peaceful disposition has earned it a name as the “gentle giant”. Found inhabiting swamps, ponds and ditches, the giraffe catfish feeds on insect larvae, earthworms, shrimp and small fish.

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