The Burmese Hillside is the last zone along the Night Safari’s guided tram tour. This route takes you into the moist tropical and dry subtropical deciduous forests of the region.
Here, bantengs and gaurs graze calmly in their naturalistic hillside habitat. The gaurs are amongst the largest of the wild cattle, with dominant bulls possessing massive humps on their back. Weighing as much as a tonne, they have been known to clear a six-foot fence with a standing jump! Bantengs, on the other hand, are the petite counterpart of the wild cattle species, with a smaller head and more slender neck. Banteng bulls tend to have a more extraordinary look, with a horn-like patch on their foreheads that connects the two horns, creating the look of a Viking headdress.
The Burmese countryside is also where you can catch sight of the thamins or the golden deer. These gentle creatures are possibly the most striking of all deer with their impressive antlers that grow backwards in a graceful long arc.
Don’t forget to look out for Night Safari’s latest addition, the Asiatic black bears, as you exit the forest. These big-eared, omnivorous bears are also known as moon bears or white-chested bears due to the v-shaped patch of white fur on their chest. Their existence in the wild is precarious because their habitat is being destroyed due to deforestation and their gall bladders are prized for traditional medicine use.