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Jurong Bird Park

Website

http://www.birdpark.com.sg/

Address

The zoo is located at
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore
628925

Size of zoo

The zoo is located on 20ha of land

History

The idea of a permenant bird park being built in sigapore was conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee the then minister for  finance in 1968. During a world bank meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited Rio’s zoological garden and was impressed by the free flight aviary. Dr Goh sought to see that Jurong would be more than  an industrial zone. He wanted singaporoeans to have a place where  they could escape from urban life and people could relax with nature. This led to the opening of the Jurong bird park on January 3 1971. The bird park was built at a cost of S$3.5million

Jurong bird park has now became a world famous bird park. The zoo is home to a flock of 1001 flamingoes and is currently the worlds largest bird park in relation to number of birds. In 2006 Jurong  bird park completed a S$10million makeover. The upgrading added a new entrance plaza, an african wetland habitat, a park owned  bongo burgers resturant, a Ben and Jerrys parlour a gift shop and a bird hospital.

Number of animals

Jurong bird park is home to 4.600 birds from 380species. Out of those 29 are endangered.

Link to youtube videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/WildlifeReservesSg

Tips for a good day at the zoo

Protect those peepers! Sensitive to sunlight? The zoo recommend that you bring sunshades, sunglasses or visors to keep the glare away. Better yet, soothe on some sun-block for added skin protection.

Rain, rain, go away! The rain sometimes makes an unexpected appearance. Having an umbrella or raincoat handy will ensure you remain dry should this happen. Many parts of the Bird Park are sheltered though, and you’ll still be able to enjoy excellent views of the birds from there.

Mozzie alert? Although the Bird Park does take preventive measures to keep the mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies at bay, you might want to consider bringing some insect repellant to make sure they stay away! The Bird Park is after all situated in a secondary rainforest and many birds treat this as a haven.

Take your time! There’s always something happening at the Bird Park. Allow at least half a day to enjoy what’s available, but a full day would be even better.

Make sure you pick up a map as you enter so you don’t miss out on the many presentations, token feeding sessions, keeper talks, and photography opportunities that happen during the day.

Feet first! Taking a leisurely stroll is the ideal way to enjoy everything the Bird Park has to offer. Comfortable footwear will ensure you get to explore the park endlessly minus sore and tired feet.

Tired of walking? Then hop onto a Panorail to rest your soles. Or take a break at one of the shelters while you get your wind back. Many of our exhibits also have viewing galleries that allow you to observe the birds comfortably.

Wheels galore! We realise long walks might be taxing for little feet. Parents can rent strollers and wagons for their children. Wheelchairs are also available for those who need it.

Stay hydrated! As the weather in Singapore tends to be hot and humid year-round, do remember to bring enough drinking water, and keep drinking throughout the day. An ample supply is on sale at our numerous F&B outlets and vending machines if you happen to run out.

Munch time! Jurong Bird Parks food outlets serve a variety of cuisines to tickle every tastebud:

Terrace Kiosk – Serves finger food as well as local rice and noodle set
Bongo Burgers – Great for kids where tempting western delights awaits
Ben and Jerry’s Kiosk – Yummy flavours of ice cream to cool you down after a hot day at Bird Park
Remember though, to savour the food for yourselves and not to share with any of the birds. Their diets are well taken care of.

Attractions

The zoo has a panorail that travels all around the park stopping  at 3 different locations and taking you past many of the parks amazing birds. A single trip on the panorail is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Main exhibits

The park has 4 walk through aviaries

The African Waterfall Aviary
Which has a magnificent waterfall and can also be viewed when the on the panorail which gos through the aviary.

Jungle jewels
This flight aviary is home to many South American birds.

Lory loft 
A 9story high loft allows visitors to view lories from Australia,  Indonesia and Papua New Guniea.

South East Asian Aviary
The South East Asian Aviary shows 260 of the regions bird species.A tropical thunderstorm experince is held in the centre of the aviary of at 12noon daily, during the experice you can be enveloped in the mist of rain to fall in the centre.

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