Opened in 1971, the 20.2 hectares park has more than 400 species of birds. We’re talking about water birds, flightless birds, nocturnal birds, waders, raptors, Asian birds, and even penguins.
The bird sanctuary may not be as popular as the other wildlife attractions in Singapore right now but here are some great reasons why it is definitely worth visiting. (And don’t worry, you won’t be fined for feeding the birds here.)
Watch how vultures, hawks and owls do their thing in the wild at The Kings of the Skies show at the Hawk Arena. Guaranteed to leave you in awe.
Did you know there is a 30-metre high man-made waterfall (also known as Jurong Falls) in Singapore? The Waterfall Aviary is also home to 600 free-flying birds and there’s a very good chance you’ll get really close to them for a selfie as you stroll along.
Want to know how the park nurture and raise the birds? Take a peek at the Breeding and Research Centre where you’ll see how the eggs are incubated and how the young chicks are cared for in the nursery (pictured). If you are lucky, you might even get to see the staff preparing the meals for our feathered friends!
You definitely do not want to miss the exciting High Flyers Show as these lovable creatures show off their beauty and natural talents with their free-flying performances. Volunteer to be a part of the show (pictured) for an enhanced experience!
This enclosure shows that caged birds do sing. You can hear them even before you get to the Parrot Paradise — Asia’s largest collection of parrots. Learn how to identify a parrot and why they make popular pets.
Don’t be surprised to find African Penguins at the outdoor area of the Penguin Coast as they can adapt to our climate. The indoor enclosure (pictured) houses more species of penguins in a climate-controlled environment.
What’s a bird park without a bird-themed playground? The fun Birdz of Play features a wet and dry area for your kids while you get some rest at the cafe.
I have always wanted to see the magnificent Bird of Paradise in person. Little did I know all it took to cross this item off my bucket list was a visit to the wonderful Jurong Bird Park! The Window on Paradise is a two-level exhibit that gives a glimpse into the lives of these beautiful exotic birds.
The attraction will be moving to Mandai in the years to come so be sure to visit it at its current location while you can.
The Jurong Bird Park is located at 2 Jurong Hill.
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By Muneerah Bee, September 2016
Photos by Muneerah Bee