Jurong Bird Park, located on Jurong Hill in Singapore, is Asia's largest bird park housing over 5000 birds from around 400 varied species. Spread across 20.2 hectares, the major highlight is the Waterfall Aviary - the world's largest walk-in aviary.
Started in 1971 and managed by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the other major attractions at the bird park are Lory Loft Forest Enclosure (feed the vibrant lories and lorikeets at this world's largest walk-in lory flight aviary), Penguin Coast (home to adorable penguins), Flamingo Lake (brimming with playful flamingos), and Pelican Cove (housing world's most complete collection of pelicans).
The Kings of the Skies Show and High Flyers Show is pretty popular among the kids, though it has been discouraged by many animal welfare groups. The stunning Jurong Bird Park also houses a bird-themed waterpark called Birdz of Play. This park is set to relocate to Mandai by 2020.
Waterfall Aviary This is one of the world's largest walk-in aviary with a focus on the birds mostly from Africa. It has towering bird enclosures and also houses the tall Jurong Falls, one of the world's tallest man-made, indoor waterfalls. One of the popular spots where tourists gather around and capture panoramic views of the area is the suspension bridge. There is a hiking trail for the adventure seekers who are looking to get into the wilderness and encounter more reticent birds.
Dinosaur Descendants Another popular of Jurong Bird Park, the Dinosaur Descendents is home to larger birds such as various species of crane and large flightless birds such as ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries.
Wings of Asia This aviary is home to vulnerable species like Bali Mynah, bleeding heart dove among numerous others. Here, visitors can witness the largest collection of Southeast Asian birds, of over 200 species. There are large, central aviaries, as well as peripheral aviaries, housing the more delicate and territorial birds, which are kept in large cages. The species that can coexist with each other such as fruit doves and pigeons are left to roam freely. Every noon, a thunderstorm followed by a light drizzle is simulated, so noon is a good time to visit this segment.
Lory Loft This is a walk-in aviary for lories and lorikeets with over 1000 free-flying lories. It has nine storeys and sprawls across an area of 3000 Square metres. Other species found here are megapodes, currawongs, Eclectus parrots, king parrots, cockatoos and various Australasian parakeets. The aviary appears like a rainforest valley straight out of tropical Northern Australia. One can visit the lory loft and offer the lories a special nectar mix.
Parrot Paradise Home to the various species of parrots, this is a small zone full of macaws, conures and cockatoos. Here, one can take a look at all three extant species of blue macaw - hyacinth, Lear's and Spix's.
Penguin Coast Built in the shape of a ship, this is one of the most favourite segments in the park, Penguin Coast houses four different species of penguins - the Humboldt, the macaroni, King penguin and more. Those visiting the park must surely visit Penguin coast because penguins are hardly found in such good conditions. They are secured in an indoor, climate-controlled den.
Pelican Cove This zone is home to all eight species of pelicans, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican. Other species found here are wild herons, storks, bin chickens and greater flamingos. There is a boardwalk for tourists to stroll and explore the birds.
Hornbills and Toucans There is a collection of 10-metre tall aviaries spread over an area of 2000 square kilometres, which exhibit hornbills and toucans collection. The aviaries blow up with a cacophony of loud honks. One can also join the interactive session known as the 'Hornbill chit chat' session where one of the park's great hornbills is presented.
Windows of Paradise This is a segment located beside the Lory Loft, housing the infamous Birds of Paradise. The walkway has no wire mesh and offers an unobtrusive view of these birds to the visitors. Jurong Bird Park is the first in the world to breed the twelve wired bird of paradise. Various birds hailing from Papua New Guinea are also found here.
Royal Ramble A small walking zone, Royal Ramble is home to four species of crowned pigeons and other vibrant species.
Riverine A unique exhibit, Riverine features an underwater viewing panel where the visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the diving birds. Ducks, doves, Southern River Terrapins, Fly River Turtles, Iridescent Sharks, Saratoga and other fish species can be spotted here.
Breeding and Research Center (BRC) The Breeding and Research Center is the zone that handles the rearing process of the park's newly hatched birds. Around 150 rare and endangered birds are hand-reared here every year. Visitors can take a look at the nursery room where the handling and feeding of newly hatched birds are done. They can go around the incubation room to learn how the park incubated their eggs.
Wetlands A fine replica of an observation site, the Wetlands houses species coming from mangroves and wetlands. It is home to spoonbills, ibises and a pair of Shoebills.
Flamingo Pool and Flamingo Lake The Flamingo Pool and lake are home to the park's flock of flamingos. The various kinds of species include free-ranging ibises, green iguanas, Cuban rock iguanas, Cape shelducks, Caribbean flamingo, Chilean flamingo, Lesser flamingos and Cape shelducks. Of the three flamingo exhibits, the lake is the largest and houses the park's flock of Greater flamingos along with lesser flamingos and Australian white ibis. Visitors can go to the Flamingo lodge overlooking the Flamingo lake and get a closer look at the flamingoes and its various species.
Jurong Bird Park Shows
There are two different bird shows organised at the Jurong Bird Park, held twice a day. These shows last around 20 minutes each.
King of the Skies The King of the Skies show features the fierce birds of prey such as the White-tailed Sea Eagle, the Hooded Vulture, Harris's hawk, and the Malay fish owl circling the arena. The brave members of the audience can also give falconry a try.
Location: Hawk Arena Timings: 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM
High Flyers The High Flyers show displays many of the prized birds of the Jurong Bird Park. One can witness the friendly parrot duel, the endangered Hyacinth Macaw Gaia, and the Great Pied Hornbills. This show also features the talented Yellow-naped Amazon named Amigo, the only bird in the world capable of singing in three languages.
There is an additional parrot show that takes place at the Flamingo Lake during lunch.
There are two guided tours organised at the Jurong Bird Park.
Bird's Eye Tour This tour involves the accompaniment of an experienced guide with visitors as they are taken through the most popular exhibits. Visitors also have the unique experience of hand-feeding starlings, rollers and cassowaries. The guides provide a plethora of information and fun facts about the avian world throughout the tour.
Private Buggy Tours Accommodating up to 7 people, this tour involves the private use of the tour buggy, where visitors may leisurely wander around while being instructed on the best exhibits of the Jurong Bird Park.
Cost: SGD 250 per hour
Overnight Camping at Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park offers a variety of camps for children under the age of 14. These camps range from half-day stays to overnight camps, where children are exposed to the amazing world of these avian species, gaining a deeper understanding of them through close-up observations and caring for them.
Be A Junior Avian Keeper Children are given first-hand training at the nuances of being a bird keeper. This camp involves preparing feed for the birds and learning how the well-being and good health of the birds is managed.
Cost: SGD 270 Only for children aged 11 - 14
2-Day Bird Quest Camp Children will have the unique opportunity of experiencing close-up encounters with the birds of the park and hands-on bird-keeping experience.
Cost: SGD 180 Only for children aged 6 - 10
Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp Family fun is included in this overnight camping activity with the fascinating penguins of Jurong Bird Park.
Public Transport: One must take the East-West MRT line bound for Tuas Link, alight at Boon Lay (EW27) and then change the bus and take Bus no 194 from Boon Lay bus interchange, which takes one straight to Jurong Bird Park.
Direct Bus Services: To avoid the hassle of bus interchange, one can take up direct bus services by hopping on the Safari Gate bus, which takes one straight to Jurong Bird Park. The pick up and drop locations for the bus is the Suntec City. Cost:A one way trip to the park costs SGD 7 for adults as well as children. A round trip costs SGD 12 for both adults and children. Also, a two way covering all 4 parks (valid for 7 days) inclusive of return trips to Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park costs S$ 19 for both adults and children. More details about pricing and tickets can be fetched by dropping by the Safari Gate Suntec City. (#01-330). Timings: Pick up - 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM, while the timings for the drop are 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Reaching Safari Gate from one's hotel is easy too. Safari Gate offers free pick up from several hotels and locations on Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays. One can contact the Safari Gate customer service at +6563386877 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily or visit their website (safarigate.com).
Car or Taxi: Those wishing to self drive to the park can take up either of the two routes - Via Central Expressway (CTE) from the city: Take the AYE towards Jurong and then take the Exit 17 onto Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim to reach the park. Via Pan Island Expressway (PIE) from the city: Take the PIE towards Jurong/Tuas, then take Exit 36, turn left onto Jalan Bahar towards Jalan Boon Lay and then right at Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim to reach the park.
Car Parking: There is ample parking space for both four-wheelers and two-wheelers, opposite to the entrance of the park. It is an electronic parking charge system managed by CBM parking, which requires one to have a cash card with enough value before exiting the car park. The cash card top-up machine is available at the car park entrance. The parking charges are: For Car: SGD 0.60 for 30 minutes or part thereof with 15 minutes grace period For Bus/lorry: SGD 1.20 for 30 minutes or part thereof with 30 minutes grace period For Motorcycle: SGD 0.10 for 30 minutes or part thereof and maximum of S$0.65, with no grace period. Note: These parking rates are applicable from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays.