Set in lush secondary rainforest, this is a must-see. The world’s first night zoo (opened in 1994) allows you to see what over 2500 nocturnal animals from 130 species get up to after dusk, in naturalistic habitats and without barriers, via the use of special lighting techniques.
To see the zoo, take a 50-minute tram ride: observe majestic lions gnawing on their meat dinners, coy mountain deer striking poses and, if you’re lucky, a noisy rhino taking a bath. You can get off the tram at the designated point to follow four walking trails that let you get close to flying squirrels, dangling bats and a leopard or two. Last ride at about 11.20pm, but get there earlier.
The hourly Creatures of the Night show is worth a look, but the ethnic performances are a bit lame. Don’t use flash if you’re taking photos as it may scare the animals. The Night Safari gets a million visitors a year, most of whom seem to turn up at the weekend; go late at night during the week to have a quieter time.