We made a trip to The Animal Resort and got to interact with some of the farm animals. Lots of interesting birds here including pheasants, geese, peacocks, grey crowned crane, and the not so common Cassowary and Marabou Stock. Other animals here include a retired racehorse and a hut-full of rodents. Mossie repellents is a must though – you have been warned! You can also buy animal feed (3 packs for $2) and insect repellent at the counter should you need to.
The Southern Cassowary, also known as the Double-wattled Cassowary, is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and north eastern Australia. The name cassowary comes from the Malay name kesuari. The cassowary is the largest avian frugivore in the world. Cassowaries are striking in appearance, with a tall brown casque (helmet) on top of their head, a vibrant blue and purple neck, red wattles and glossy black plumage.
The Marabou Stork or Undertaker Bird is a huge 1.5 metre tall bird with a 2.6 metre wing span. In fact, it is so large and heavy that its leg and toe bones are hollow to reduce weight during flight. The pink head and neck is naked of feathers, with the rest of the plumage being black and white, and commencing with a white ruff at the base of the neck.
There are several ponds in the premises. You can see different type of fish swimming freely. You may get to spot turtles too. The geese also gather at these ponds to enjoy the cool water during hot days.
Here are some additional photos (taken back in 2009) during one of our previous visits with the dogs. There was a goat and ducks which we didn’t see this time round.
Also access to the horse and dog run was open back then. The dogs got to run around, swim, meet other strange animals and birds.
Address: 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, 798061
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm Daily