Facts about the Jurong Bird Park Singapore:
- First conceived in 1968 by the Minister for Finance of the time, Dr. Goh Keng Swee, and inspired from his visit to Rio de Janeiro’s free-flight aviary.
- Built at a cost of S$3.5 million and opened to the public on January 3, 1971.
Bird lovers and vacationers alike will enjoy visiting the Jurong Bird Park Singapore. It houses three walk-in aviaries, one of which is the world’s largest: the African Waterfall Aviary has 1,500 free-flying birds from more than fifty species. Jurong Bird Park Singapore also has the Panorail, the world’s only monorail that travels through an aviary, and it has three cars. The driver uses the front car, and visitors may not stand while riding. The Panorail’s three stations are Main Station, Lory Station, and Waterfall Station. The third station stops at Jurong Bird Park’s man-made waterfall, the Jurong Falls, which is the world’s largest at 30 meters high!
Participate directly with the birds.
The Jurong Bird Park Singapore is known for another world’s largest: a lory flight aviary known as the Lory Loft. It is 3,000 m2 and houses more than 1,000 free-flying lories. About the height of a nine story building, it portrays a scene similar to Northern Australia’s tropical habitats. It is like a wide river valley rainforest and visitors are given the opportunity to see the lories up close by offering nectar directly to them.
The Birds n Buddies Show highlights many species of performing birds, such as mimicking cockatoos, while revealing the behavior that naturally occurs in others. While soaring up high, eagles, falcons, and hawks demonstrate spectacular aerial loops in the Birds of Prey Show. It is also possible to see a simulated hunt, teaching visitors a bit about falconry.
One of the best attractions, however, might not come around that often: the African Waterfall Aviary Wedding Solemnization. Couples can commit their love to each other while standing among black-masked Lovebirds in a tropical rainforest setting!
Get a sense of the bigger picture.
The African Wetlands exhibit displays a much more balanced ecosystem; visitors can learn how nature, birds, and people can co-exist. Many other exhibits reinforce this vision of positive co-existence. The Southeast Asian Birds Aviary has the largest collection of its kind with over 200 species. Visitors to the aviary can get a glimpse of more delicate and territorial birds, while having the opportunity to witness a simulated midday thunderstorm. If you’ve never had the opportunity to see nocturnal birds, the World of Darkness exhibit has a reverse lighting system.
It is Asia’s first nocturnal bird house with 60 birds from 17 species. It provides visitors the opportunity to hear and watch birds, like the Night Herons, Fish Owls, and Snowy Owls, while following a starlit path. Another true to life exhibit is the Penguin Expedition. It gives an underwater panoramic view of the birds, about two hundred penguins from five different species. At the Pelican Cove, visitors might get a glimpse of all seven species of pelicans while walking upon the boardwalk. They might also see one of these great birds scoop out a fish at the world’s first underwater gallery for pelicans.
Take a break with the birds.
If visitors would rather eat while enjoying a view of Flamingo Lake, they can savor local cuisine at Lunch with the Birds. Or they can eat at Bongo Burgers, Ben & Jerry’s Kiosk, or the Terrace Kiosk. Families can also take a break with their children at the Splash N Slide Station. It is the first wet and dry playground in Singapore that doesn’t have a splash pool. This makes it one of the safest and healthiest playgrounds as it eliminates pool-based accidents and diseases. Wheelchair-bound children can also participate without having to get out of their chairs. Depending on their preferences, children can stay on the dry side or go over to the wet side. For a bit of tranquility after this station, visitors can go see the majestic birds at Swan Lake.
Tips for Travelers
- Take sunblock and shades if you are sensitive to sunlight.
- Make sure you have an umbrella as rain sometimes surprises visitors.
- The park is a rainforest after all, so find some insect repellent.
- Plan your day ahead of time, as there are many places you’ll want to go to.
- Don’t forget a map at the entrance.
- Like any other park, wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs are available to rent on a first-come-first-served basis.