Jurong Bird Park

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Jurong Bird Park
Jurong Bird Park Logo.png
Jurong Bird Park 2014.jpg
Date opened3 January 1971; 48 years ago (1971-01-03)
LocationJurong, Singapore
2 Jurong Hill, 628925
(1971 - 2020)
Mandai, Singapore
80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826 (2020 onwards)
Coordinates1°19′05″N 103°42′26″E / 1.31806°N 103.70722°E / 1.31806; 103.70722Coordinates: 1°19′05″N 103°42′26″E / 1.31806°N 103.70722°E / 1.31806; 103.70722
Land area20.2 ha (50 acres)
No. of animals12,000[1]
No. of species500[1]
Annual visitors900,000 (2010)[1]
OwnerWildlife Reserves Singapore
Websitewww.birdpark.com.sg

Jurong Bird Park is an aviary and tourist attraction in Jurong, Singapore. The bird park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2 square kilometres (49 acres) on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore reported on 1 June 2016 that in 2020, Jurong Bird Park will be relocated to 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826, with a new name for the Bird Park. For now, operation continues as per normal.[2][3]

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History[edit]

Caribbean flamingos at Jurong Bird Park

The idea of a permanent aviary was first conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Minister for Finance, in 1968. During a World Bank meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited its zoological garden and was impressed with its free-flight aviary. He set out to ensure that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life and relax with nature.[4][5]

Work on the aviary started in January 1969.[6] A 35 acre site on the western slope of Bukit Peropok in Jurong was chosen for the project. The bird park was expected to be completed by the end of 1969.[7]

On 3 January 1971, Jurong Bird Park, built at a cost of S$3.5 million, was opened to the public.[8]

Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a large flock of flamingos. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of the number of birds, and second largest both in the number of bird species and land area (after Germany's Weltvogelpark Walsrode). There are 5,000 birds of 400 species in Jurong Bird Park, of which 29 are of threatened species.[1]

In 2006, Jurong Bird Park completed a S$10 million makeover. As a result of the upgrade, the park got a new entrance plaza, a park-owned and managed Bongo Burgers restaurant, an ice cream parlour, a gift shop and a bird hospital.[9]

Exhibits[edit]

Waterfall Aviary[edit]

Waterfalls

The Waterfall Aviary, which focuses mostly on birds from Africa, has bird enclosures that extend to a towering height of 35 metres. The area houses the 30-metre (98 ft) tall Jurong Falls, one of the world's tallest man-made, indoor waterfalls. A suspension bridge in the zone allows visitors to get a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and a hiking trail lets the visitors catch sight of some of the more reticent birds in action. Birds housed in the aviary include various species of African glossy starlings, turacos and the White-necked rockfowl.

Dinosaur Descendants[edit]

The Dinosaur Descendants section houses some of the largest extant birds, including various species of crane, and large flightless birds such as ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries.

Wings of Asia[edit]

Visitors can see the largest collection of Southeast Asian birds, which has over 200 species. There are large, central walk-in aviaries and peripheral aviaries housing the more delicate and territorial birds. A thunderstorm is simulated at noon each day, followed by a cool, light drizzle. Territorial species are kept in large cages, while species that can coexist with each other (fruit doves and pigeons being two examples) are left to roam freely in the aviary.

Lory Loft[edit]

The Lory Loft

About nine storeys high and covering 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft), the Lory Loft is the world's largest walk-in flight aviary for lories and lorikeets, with over 1,000 free-flying lories. Other species housed here include the megapodes, currawongs, eclectus parrots, king parrots, cockatoos, and various Australasian parakeets. The ambience is similar to that of a rainforest valley in tropical Northern Australia. Visitors can offer the lories a special nectar mix.

Parrot Paradise[edit]

This small zone houses some of the park's parrot species, mostly macaws, conures and cockatoos. All three extant species of blue macaws can be seen here — the hyacinth, Lear's and Spix's.

Penguin Coast[edit]

Penguins

Houses five species of penguins within 1,600 square metres (17,000 sq ft). Featuring a 21-metre (69 ft) tall Portuguese galleon façade and designed to resemble a ship, the interior of Penguin Coast is constructed with timber beams and wooden flooring. Penguin Coast is home to the Humboldt, rockhopper, macaroni and king penguins, which live in an indoor, climate-controlled den with access to an outdoor enclosure showcasing African penguins, African darters and Hartlaub's gull.

World of Darkness[edit]

Asia's first nocturnal bird house featured a system of reverse lighting, converting day to night and vice versa. On display were 60 birds from 17 species, like the North Island brown kiwi, night herons, fish owls, boobook owls and snowy owls. It was akin to a quiet nocturnal walk along a starlit jungle path, watching birds in their nocturnal surroundings and hearing them beckon each other. The nocturnal bird house has been closed, apparently permanently, since about early 2018.

Pelican Cove[edit]

Visitors catch a glimpse of all eight species of pelicans, including the endangered Dalmatian pelican. Wild herons and storks, along with the neighbouring bin chickens and Greater flamingoes, sometimes join them in the exhibit. There is a board-walk where visitors can stroll and observe the birds. Visitors can also see the pelicans at the world's first underwater viewing gallery for pelicans, where the birds scoop up fish at feeding time.

Hornbills & Toucans[edit]

27 10-metre tall aviaries spread over an area of 2,000m² house the park's hornbill and toucan collection. Guests are often greeted upon entry by a cacophony of loud honks. There are 19 species currently on display, and Jurong Bird Park is the first to breed the black hornbill under human care. The park conducts a "Hornbill Chit-chat" session, a once-a-day interactive session where keepers bring out any one of the park's Great hornbills.

Windows of Paradise[edit]

Located just beside the Lory Loft, this zone houses various birds-of-paradise, of which the park is the first in the world to breed the Twelve-wired bird-of-paradise. Various birds from Papua New Guinea are also housed here.

Royal Ramble[edit]

This small walk-through zone features four species of crowned pigeons, and other attractively colored species.

Riverine[edit]

This exhibit featured an underwater viewing panel to allow visitors to get a closer look at some of the diving birds in the exhibit. Aside from ducks and doves, this exhibit also housed Southern River Terrapins, Fly River Turtles, Iridescent Sharks, Saratogas and other fish species.

Breeding and Research Centre (BRC)[edit]

A small zone that showcases the handling and rearing process of the park's newly hatched birds, around 150 birds are hand-reared here each year, including many rare and endangered species like the Bali mynah and blue-throated macaw. Visitors can look at a nursery room where handling and feeding of newly hatched birds occur, as well as an incubation room to allow guests to have a look at how the park incubates their eggs.

Wetlands[edit]

Built to replicate an observation hide, this zone houses species that come from brackish habitats like mangroves and wetlands. The trees and breeding shelves in the exhibit are frequently used by the spoonbills and ibises in the exhibit. It is also home to the park's pair of Shoebills.

Flamingo Pool & Flamingo Lake[edit]

The pool and lake are home to the park's flock of flamingoes, in which 4 species are represented, as well as free-ranging ibises, green iguanas, Cuban rock iguanas and Cape shelducks. The main pool houses the Caribbean flamingo and Chilean flamingo, along with a smaller pool for Lesser flamingoes and Cape shelducks, which also inhabit Flamingo Lake. The Flamingo Lake is the largest of the 3 flamingo exhibits and houses the park's flock of Greater flamingoes. Joining them are the Lesser flamingoes from the nearby pool and Australian white ibis. The Flamingo Lodge which is open for private and special functions overlooks the Flamingo Lake and allows guests to get an even closer at the lake's inhabitants.

Shows[edit]

High Flyers Show[edit]

Salmon-crested cockatoo

This bird show has the world's largest number of performing birds in a single act. Besides highlighting the antics of talented birds like the mimicking cockatoos, this show is also a window onto the natural behaviour of birds like pelicans, flamingos and hornbills.

Kings of the Skies Show[edit]

Visitors watch birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and falcons, who will fly in loops and soar above the treetops. Visitors also learn about falconry as these birds are put through their paces in a simulated hunt.

Lunch with the Parrots[edit]

Visitors enjoy a parrot show over lunch in front of the flamingo lake.

List of species[edit]

This is a list of all the species the park has currently and previously kept. Some species are also in the park's possession but are not on display to visitors.

Order Galliformes (fowl)[edit]

Family Phasianidae (pheasants and relatives)

Family Perdicinae (partridges, Old World quails, and francolins)

Family Cracidae (chachalacas, guans and curassows)

Order Anseriformes (waterfowl)[edit]

Family Anatidae (ducks, geese and swans)


Family Anhimidae (screamers)

Order Podicipediformes (grebes)[edit]

Family Podicepidae (grebes)

Order Procellariiformes (tubenoses)[edit]

Family Hydrobatidae (storm-petrels)

Order Phaethontiformes (tropicbirds)[edit]

Family Phaethontidae (tropicbirds)

Order Suliformes (frigatebirds and relatives)[edit]

Family Sulidae (gannets and boobies)

Family Fregatidae (frigatebirds)

Family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants and shags)

Family Anhingidae (darters)

Order Ciconiiformes (storks)[edit]

Family Ciconiidae (storks)

Family Balaenicipitidae (Shoebills and relatives)

Order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, herons and relatives)[edit]

Family Pelecanidae (pelicans)

Family Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns)

Family Threskiornithidae (ibises and spoonbills)

Order Accipitriformes (hawks, kites, and eagles)[edit]

Family Pandionidae (osprey)

Family Accipitridae (eagles, hawks and relatives)

Family Cathartidae (New World vultures)

Family Sagittariidae (Secretarybirds)

Order Falconiformes (falcons)[edit]

Family Falconidae (falcons and relatives)

Order Gruiformes (cranes and relatives)[edit]

Family Heliornithidae (finfoots)

Family Psophiidae (trumpeters)

Family Gruidae (cranes)

Family Aramidae (limpkins)

Family Rallidae (rails and relatives)

Order Charadriiformes (shorebirds)[edit]

Family Charadriidae (plovers and lapwings)[edit]

Family Jacanidae (jacanas)[edit]

Family Recurvirostridae (stilts and avocets)[edit]

Family Stercorariidae (skuas and jaegers)[edit]

Family Laridae (gulls, terns, and skimmers)[edit]

Order Columbiformes (pigeons)[edit]

Family Columbidae (pigeons)

Order Psittaciformes (parrots)[edit]

Family Cacatuidae (cockatoos)

Family Psittrichasiidae (Indian Ocean island parrots)

Family Psittaculidae (Old World parrots)

Family Psittacidae (African and New World parrots)

Order Opisthocomiformes (Hoatzin and relatives)[edit]

Order Cuculiformes (cuckoos and relatives)[edit]

Order Musophagiformes (turacos and go-away-birds)[edit]

Order Strigiformes (owls)[edit]

Family Tytonidae (barn and bay owls)

Family Strigidae (typical owls)

Order Coraciiformes (kingfishers and relatives)[edit]

Family Coraciidae (rollers)

Family Alcedinidae (kingfishers)

Family Todidae (todies)

Family Meropidae (bee-eaters)

Family Motmotidae (motmots)

Family Phoeniculidae (wood-hoopoes)

Family Bucorvidae (ground hornbills)

Family Bucerotidae (hornbills)

Order Trogoniformes (trogons and quetzals)[edit]

Order Piciformes (woodpeckers and relatives)[edit]

Family Megalaimidae (barbets)

Family Ramphastidae (toucans, toucanets and aracaris)

Order Passeriformes (perching birds)[edit]

Family Pittidae (pittas)[edit]

Family Eurylaimidae (broadbills)[edit]

Family Pipridae (manakins)[edit]

Family Acanthizidae (gerygones and relatives)[edit]

Family Pachycephalidae (whistlers and relatives)[edit]

Family Paradisaeidae (birds-of-paradise)[edit]

Family Dicruridae (drongos)[edit]

Family Rhipiduridae (fantails)[edit]

Family Monarchidae (monarchs, paradise flycatchers)[edit]

Family Tephrodornithidae (woodshrikes and relatives)[edit]

Family Campephagidae (cuckooshrikes, trillers, minivets and relatives)[edit]

Family Oriolidae (Old World orioles)[edit]

Family Corvidae (crows and relatives)[edit]

Family Irenidae (fairy bluebirds)[edit]

Family Chloropseidae (leafbirds)[edit]

Family Laniidae (shrikes)[edit]

Family Aegithinidae (ioras)[edit]

Family Turdidae (thrushes)[edit]

Family Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)[edit]

Family Sturnidae (starlings, mynas, oxpeckers)[edit]

Family Pycnonotidae (bulbuls)[edit]

Family Phylloscopidae (leaf warblers)[edit]

Family Acrocephalidae (reed warblers)[edit]

Family Locustellidae (grass warblers)[edit]

Family Cisticolidae (cisticolas and allies)[edit]

Family Pellorneidae (ground babblers)[edit]

Family Timaliidae (Old World babblers)[edit]

Family Leiothrichidae (Laughingthrushes)[edit]

Family Zosteropidae (white-eyes)[edit]

Family Dicaeidae (flowerpeckers)[edit]

Family Nectariniidae (sunbirds and spiderhunters)[edit]

Family Motacillidae (wagtails, pipits and relatives)[edit]

Family Ploceidae (weavers and relatives)[edit]

Family Estrildidae (estrildid finches)[edit]

Family Viduidae (indigobirds and whydahs)[edit]

Family Fringillidae (true finches)[edit]

Family Emberizidae (buntings and relatives)[edit]

Family Passeridae (Old World sparrows)[edit]

Others[edit]

Aside from birds, the park also housed some other species of animals in later years to increase the number visitors, though have stopped again to preserve the title of being a bird-only zoo. They are:

In addition, the escapees of the now-defunct Jurong Reptile Park currently reside in the park as well. They include the following:

Lizards

Turtles and Tortoises

Awards[edit]

Awarded to Jurong Bird Park:[10]

  • Michelin 2-star rating, 2008
  • Conservation & Research Award, International Symposium on Breeding Birds in Captivity, 2006 and 2007
  • Excellence Award, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Tourism Association, 2004 and 2007
  • Best Loved Pro-Family Business, Singapore, 2006
  • Superstar Winner of the Excellent Service Awards, Singapore Tourism Board, 2004
  • Tourism Host of the Year, Singapore Tourism Board, 2003
  • Breeders Award, American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society, 2001
  • Highly Commended, Tourism For Tomorrow International Awards, 1993
  • First Breeders Award by the American Pheasant & Waterfowl Society, 2001

Transport[edit]

Jurong Bird Park can be accessed on SBS Transit Service 194 from Boon Lay Bus Interchange, which has connections to the Mass Rapid Transit at Boon Lay MRT station.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Park experience". Jurong Bird Park.
  2. ^ "Mandai Area Set for Major Redevelopment". Today. 5 Sep 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Mandai nature precinct will house two new wildlife parks". Channel NewsAsia. 1 Jun 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Goh tells why the bird park was built". The Straits Times. 4 January 1971. pp. 15–16. Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
  5. ^ "SOCIOLOGISTS HAVE A POINT, SAYS DR. GOH". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  6. ^ Yeo, Toon Joo (3 January 1969). "Work on $1 mil. aviary at Jurong". The Straits Times. p. 6. Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
  7. ^ "Ready by end of year: Jurong's Bird Park". The Straits Times. 11 August 1969. p. 11. Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
  8. ^ "Dr. Goh Opens Park". The Straits Times. 4 January 1971. p. 1. Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via NewspaperSG.
  9. ^ "The pecking order". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007.
  10. ^ "Accreditation and accolades". Wildlife Reserves Singapore. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

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