Jan 14, 2012

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park in Singapore

Jurong Bird Park

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Jurong Bird Park located on Jurong Hill in Singapore, has the largest population of birds of any park or zoo in the world. The park opened in 1971, and has undergone constant renovation and upgrades that have made it one of the top bird parks in the world. This 202-square-meter plot of land in Jurong district is the second largest bird park in the world in terms of square area.

The Park features beautifully landscaped open aviaries that allow visitors access to the park’s 5,000 birds. While Jurong Bird Park features four walk-in aviaries, two of the must-see aviaries are the African Waterfall Aviary and the Lory Loft.

African Waterfall Aviary

The African Waterfall Aviary is a tropical rainforest themed aviary, and the most prized attraction of the Jurgon Bird Park. This aviary features the world’s largest man-made waterfall, at over 1,000 feet. Visit this aviary when the birds are feeding at 10:30-10:45 AM or 2:30-2:45 PM. The park also offers a feeding platform so that visitors can feed the more than 50 species of African birds.

Lory Loft

Walk on a suspended bridge at the tree level and feed lories in a nine-story aviary. These small Australasian, Southeast Asian parrots will perch on your hands, shoulders, and arms, waiting for their opportunity to nibble at the park’s nectar mix. Feeding the lories at one of the feeding towers costs a few dollars, and many visitors find the experience to be one of the best at the park. This exhibit is a great place to cool down on a hot day.

There’s always something going on in the park. From feeding opportunities, to fascinating shows and demonstrations, to informational chit-chat with park employees, there’s something new to learn on every visit.

Singapore Zoo or Jurong Bird Park?

Many first-time visitors to Singapore are forced to make a choice between the world-famous Singapore Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park. Both parks are operated by Wildlife Parks Singapore, and feature well-planned and executed open exhibits. The late Steve Irwin was particularly fond of the Singapore Zoo, and it is well-known for its conservation efforts around the world. The Singapore Zoo is the place to go if you’re looking to see a wide variety of animals, but the bird park offers unparalleled access to almost 100 species of birds, remarkably educational displays, and offers the type of peace and serenity that cannot be found at the Zoo. It’s a must-see for bird lovers, and a tough call for all other wildlife enthusiasts.

Jurong Bird Park Map

Before exploring the park on foot, get a panoramic view of the park on the Panorail, an air-conditioned monorail system that loops around the park. Tickets for the Panorail cost $5 for adults, and $3 for children. The Park is open from 8:30 AM to 6:00 7-days a week. Adult tickets cost $18, and tickets for children aged 3-12 cost $12. Plan for a half-day visit to the park, and eat before or after. The park offers two restaurant choices, Terrace Kiosk and Bongo Burgers, both are expensive and forgettable.

Book online to avoid queues: http://eticketing.birdpark.com.sg:81/JBPBooking.aspx?langid=1. Utilize the package deals that the park offers.

These hotels are some of the closest you’ll find:

Jurong Bird Park Hotels

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