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Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is located in Singapore. The Park has been operating since January 1971.

It is operated by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) who also operate the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari parks.

Approximately 850,000 visitors attend the park each year.

Attractions

Birdz of Play

This playground features both wet and dry play zones where kids can let off some steam. Take a trip down the water slide or go on the flying fox.

Bird Discovery Centre

This centre aims to make kid’s experts on all things avian in its 12 sections. There is a 2.6m (8.5ft) tall skeleton of the second largest bird to have lived on Earth along with the eggs of 250 different birds.

High Flyers Show

Watch a range of birds as they take flight around the amphitheatre and show off their natural talents.

Kings of the Skies

Catch the raptors as they take flight. They are free to fly high above the crowds during this presentation showing off their magnificent skills.

Feeding sessions

The park offers a range of opportunities to feed the birds with purchased food under the guidance of staff. Species available during your visit may include penguins, lories, pelicans, flamingos and more.

Guided Tram

Hop onto the guided tram for a trip around the park, there are three stations allowing you to hop on and hop off as you journey around the park.

*Remember to check the zoo’s website for times, prices, terms and conditions.*

Jurong Bird Park

Location

Jurong,

Singapore

Year Opened

1971

Land Size

20.2ha (50acres)

Number of Animals

3,500

Number of Species

400

History

The concept for Jurong Bird Park was conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee when he attended a World Bank meeting in Rio De Janiero during 1968. At this time he visited the Zoological gardens and toured its impressive free flight aviary.

In an attempt to ensure that Jurong would be a place where Singaporeans could escape urban life as much as it would be an industrial zone he chose to open the bird park there.

At a cost of S$3.5 million the park was built and opened on January 3rd 1971.

During 2006 it underwent a S$10 million upgrade. This saw a new entrance plaza, bird hospital and restaurants added to the zoo.

Currently Jurong is the world’s largest bird park when measured on number of birds and the second largest when measured on number of species and land area.

In 2016 it was announced that the bird park would move to Mandai where it will be co-located with the other Wildlife Reserves Singapore attractions as part of the new Mandai nature precinct.

During 2018 Jurong Bird Park closed their nocturnal house.

Star Animals

Philippines Eagles

In 2019 Jurong Bird Park became one of the few places in the world where you could see the Philippines Eagle. This is the first time in recent history they have been sent to a zoo outside of the Philippines. The pair are a 15-year-old male named Geothermica and a 17-year female named Sambisig.

Main Exhibit

Birds of Prey

Glance at vultures, eagles and hawks who live side by side in these towering enclosures. Species on exhibit include hooded, white headed and palm nut vultures. It is also where the park's Philippines Eagles are on exhibit.

The Breeding & Research Centre

This space takes you behind the scenes to see where birds are raised by the “bird nannies” as the keepers are affectionately known. Here 150 chicks are raised each year.

Flamingo Lake

Hundreds of greater flamingos roam the shores of this lake. They are the largest of the world's flamingos.

Flamingo Pool

The fun doesn’t stop at flamingo lake though with the flamingo pool introducing you to the Lesser and Caribbean flamingos.

Hornbill & Toucans

Home to the world’s largest collections of Southeast Asian hornbills are a series of large and lush aviaries. Jurong has had incredibly success in breeding this species. It is also the home of a rage of toucans such as the toco toucan and red billed toucan.

Lory Loft

Here in the world’s largest lory flight aviary you can get a 360 degree view of the landscape and take in these brightly coloured birds. Stop by in the cooler parts of the day for the best viewing opportunities. It is the home of a range of lorikeets including the rainbow lorikeets, chattering and black-capped lories.

Parrot Paradise

You’ll hear the park’s parrot collection before you see them. 32 aviaries are home to one of Asia’s most comprehensive parrot collections with birds such as the galah, macaws and palm cokatoos.

Pelican Cove

Meet 7 of the world’s 8 pelican species with the world’s first underwater viewing area for these birds.

Penguin Coast

Inside are the penguins who come from cool climates such as the Humboldt, rockhopper, macaroni and King penguins. Outside you can see the African or Jackass penguins, one of the few species adapted to a life in the tropics.

Swan Lake

Watch these graceful animals swimming around the lake. Here you can meet the black-necked swan, black swan and mute swam.

Waterfall Aviary

This 13 story high experience takes you into the home of 600 birds. A 30 metre (98ft) high waterfall towers over you as you cross the suspension bridge.

Wetlands

Meet the birds of this fast disappearing habitat at Jurong. Here you can find the marabou stork and the Saddle-billed stork.

Wings of Asia

This aviary has the highest diversity in the park with 135 species of Asian bird displayed. It is home to a range of threatened species. Here you will see the Bali myna, ground doves, bul buls and pheasants.

African Tree Tops

In the African tree tops you can journey across the 360 degreee canopy walk to see birds in flight before descending down to the floor to explore the full diversity of Africa's bird life. Here you can find turacos and starlings.

References

Jurong Bird Park Website - https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/jurong-bird-park.html

Jurong Bird Park Moving Article - https://mustsharenews.com/jurong-bird-park-mandai/

Strait Time Philippines Eagle Article - https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/jurong-bird-park-to-house-2-rare-philippine-eagles

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