Singapore Jurong Bird Park
Another day in Singapore
, today we visit the Jurong Bird Park.
Another unique attraction, a wildlife sanctuary this time, with a focus on birds.
Charming visitors the world over since taking flight in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world.
In habitats that mirror their naturalistic environments, Jurong Bird Park is home to the colors of the world, as Asia’s largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 400 species.
The park and its line-up of award-winning exhibits, located at the west-end of Singapore, offers 20.2 hectares of exploratory landscape and gives visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with its feathered residents.
In Jurong Bird Park, you can hike into the wondrous and largest walk-in aviary – the Waterfall Aviary that houses over 600 birds as well as a 30-meter high waterfall.
Our day at the Jurong Bird Park
As these small birds flutter freely around the surroundings of over 100 plant species, you can enjoy close encounters with these birds during daily feeding sessions and for your chance to see the elusive crested guinea fowl and the iridescent starling, turaco and roller.
You can also choose to go down under to yet another world’s largest, the 9-story high Lory Loft, the biggest lory flight aviary. Here, you’ll meet the Australian natives, the friendliest birds at the Park.
Experience an up-close feeding frenzy as you walk across the suspended bridges with a cup of nectar mix in your hand. You’ll soon find bright and chirpy lory and lorikeets flocking around you, with some even nestling up to you on your shoulders!
Then, head over to Jungle Jewels, the rich South American tropical rainforest and be greeted by the striking toucan. Eye the treetops and look out for the brightly colored tanager and red-crested cardinal.
From here, head off on an expedition at the Penguin Coast nearby and see the residents of the Antarctic housed in an impressive “explorer ship”.
Get a panoramic view of the penguins as they dive and torpedo through the waters. Outdoors, meet their tropical cousins, the African penguins and get your chance to feed them during at the Penguin Encounter sessions.
The open concept Flamingo Lake is another must-see where hundreds of greater and lesser flamingos strut around one of the most picturesque sights in the Park.Nearby, Pelican Cove is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of pelican species. The specially-constructed underwater viewing gallery gives you the opportunity to observe how pelicans dip and dive for fish.
There’s also lots of fun in store for children. At Birdz of Play, soak in and get wild in this bird-themed playground with wet and dry play zones for families with kids.
Toddlers and kids can wade in the shallow pool and zoom down water slides, while older kids can revel with squirt sprays and wait under the giant tipping bucket for a humongous splash!
At the dry zone, they’ll experience flights of fun with the flying fox, and tiny tots will find endless enjoyment on the see-saws, swings and slides.
And for those who just want to chill out, the multi-purpose pavilion is where you can dig in to a refreshing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream treat.
Birdz of Play was definitely the highlight of this outing for our kid!
Here’s more information on the play area that’s called: Birdz of Play
Birdz of Play
Splash in and get wild and wonderfully wet in this fun wonderland for families with kids of all ages.
But it’s not just about getting wet. This bird-themed playground offers both wet and dry play zones as well as a multi-purpose pavilion and a games room for toddlers and older kids.
With a sheltered rest area, a retail outlet and a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, there’s always something for everyone.
Toddlers and kids can wade into the shallow pool for hours of fun with the water sprays and slides or flap over to the dry area to play with see-saws and swings.
Over here, you stay as cool as a flamingo!
Older kids from 5 to 12 can expect a much wilder time as they try to outdo each other in a squirt ‘fight’ or wait under the giant tipping bucket for the ultimate soak experience!
Kids simply love it. And the kids will get wet, wet and oh so wild!
At the dry play area, kids can soar like a bird with the Flying Fox, or put their strength to the test with the Disc Challenge.
Snack, Shop & Relax
Mums, dads and everyone else who need a little time-out can chill out at the multi-purpose pavilion.
Dig in to an ice-cold treat of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, or take home some gifts from the Birdz & Wormz shop.
The shop also stocks gears that the kids may need for their playtime at the wet and dry play areas.
And don’t forget to drop by the new 3D personalized gift shop for some unique gifts!
This thoughtfully planned attraction is an essential stop especially if you’re visiting with young children.
If you’ve never thought that birds could be entertaining, you’ll change your mind here!
Flock over to the new show simply titled: “The High Flyers Show”, featuring a star-studded lineup of your feathered friends where you too can get into the action.
For free-flying, heart-thumping action, do not miss the “Kings of the Skies” show where the ancient sport of falconry is demonstrated by our hosts and the ferocious flying predators.
Finally, you can always hop onboard the guided trams or take a leisurely stroll around the Park and explore the lush jungles on your own.
You’ll be swept off your feet in the colorful paradise of unforgettable experiences and personal encounters with your new feathered friends.
Conservation and breeding efforts
The efforts in breeding and conservation in Jurong Bird Park have been well paid off, having been awarded international accolades in this area.
The Breeding & Research Center, opened to the public for the first time in June 2012 since its inception in 1988 and gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how the eggs and chicks that are endangered or have sometimes been abandoned.
This was a summary of our day in the Singapore Jurong Bird Park, for a detailed guide of the different sections and areas of this amazing sanctuary, stay tuned for our next posts!
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