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Jurong Bird Park (; ; ), is a tourist attraction in Singapore managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore. It is a landscaped park, built on the western slope of Jurong Hill. It is located within the Boon Lay Planning Area of the Jurong district and has an area of .

History

The idea of a permanent bird exhibit was first conceived by 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 sought to see that Jurong would be more than an industrial zone that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life, where people could relax with nature. On 3 January 1971, Jurong Bird Park, built at a cost of S$3.5 million, was opened to the public.

Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a flock of one thousand and one flamingos. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of number of birds and second largest in terms of land area after Germany's Vogelpark Walsrode. There are 4,600 birds of 380 species in Jurong Bird Park. Of these, 29 are of endangered species.

In 2006, Jurong Bird Park completed its S$10-million makeover. With the upgrading, the park now boasts a new entrance plaza, an African wetlands exhibit, a park-owned and managed Bongo Burgers restaurant, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlour, a gift shop and a bird hospital.

Exhibits

  • Birds n Buddies Show: Formerly called the "All Star Birdshow", this birdshow showcases a large number of species of performing birds in a single act. Besides highlighting the antics of talented birds like the mimicking cockatoos, this show is also a window for visitors to the natural behaviour of birds like pelicans, flamingos and hornbills.
  • Birds of Prey Show: Visitors can watch birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and falcons, who will fly in aerial loops and soar above the treetops. Visitors will also learn about falconry as these birds are put through their actions in a simulated hunt.
  • African Wetlands:The new exhibit will give visitors a more balanced eco-system display and hopefully will be able to provide a better understanding of how nature, the birds and men co-exist in this one world we call our home. Species here include Shoebill stork, saddle-billed stork, and a few species of African fish.
  • African Waterfall Aviary: The African Waterfall Aviary is the world's largest walk-in aviary with more than 1,500 free-flying birds from over 50 species. Visitors may hop aboard the Panorail, the world's only monorail that runs through an aviary. Jurong Falls, which is located within the African Waterfall Aviary, is the world's tallest man-made waterfall in an aviary at 30 metres high. Species include golden-breasted starling, turacos, and the hoopoe.
  • Flightless Birds: in one corner of the zoo there is a section full of flightless birds. Ostriches, emus, rheas, and cassowaries are the residents of this exhibit.
  • Southeast Asian Birds Aviary: Visitors can view the largest collection of Southeast Asian birds, which has over 200 species. There are large, central walk-in aviary and peripheral aviaries that house the more delicate or territorial birds. A daily simulated mid-day thunderstorm is 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 an example)are left to fly free in the aviary.
  • Lory Loft covers , is about 9 storeys high, and is the world's largest walk-in flight aviary for Lories and lorikeets, with over 1,000 free-flying lories. The ambience is similar to that of a rainforest vale in tropical Northern Australia. Visitors can offer the lories a special nectar mix and the birds will flock to them.
  • Penguin Coast houses six species of penguins within . Featuring a tall Portuguese galleon facade 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, Fairy and King Penguins which live in an indoor, climate-controlled den as well as an outdoor penguin enclosure showcasing Jackass penguins, one of the few species that are adapted to the tropics. Joining them are the Cape Shelducks and gulls.
  • World of Darkness: Asia's first nocturnal bird house features a system of reverse lighting, converting day to night and vice versa. On display are 60 birds from 17 species, like the Night Herons, Fish Owls, boobook owls and Snowy Owls. It is akin to a quiet nocturnal walk along a starlit jungle path, watching birds in their nocturnal surroundings and hearing them beckon.
  • Pelican Cove: Visitors can catch a glimpse of all 7 species of pelicans, including the endangered Dalmatian Pelican. There is a boardwalk, where visitors can stroll along and observe these birds. Visitors can also see the pelicans at the world's first underwater viewing gallery for pelicans, where the birds scoop for fish at feeding time.
  • Lunch with the Birds: Visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of the Flamingo Lake while they enjoy breakfast.
  • Panorail: The Jurong Bird Park Panorail is the world's only monorail system that runs through an aviary. The panorail has three stations, namely Main Station, Lory Station and Waterfall Station.

List of birds in Jurong Bird Park

  • bali mynah
  • barbet
  • black hornbill
  • carmine bee-eater
  • cassowary
  • cockatoo
  • crowned crane
  • crowned pigeon
  • Ducks
    • lesser whistling duck
    • mandarin duck
    • white faced tree duck
  • eclectus parrot
  • egret
  • emu
  • hill myna
  • indian pied hornbill
  • lesser bird-of-paradise
  • lesser blue eared starling
  • macaw
  • night heron
  • ostrich
  • Owls
    • barn owl
    • fish owl
    • great grey owl
  • Pelicans
    • australian pelican
    • brown pelican
    • great white pelican
  • Penguins
    • fairy penguin
    • humboldt penguin
    • king penguin
    • macaroni penguin
    • rockhopper penguin
  • purple glossy starling
  • rainbow lorikeet
  • red crested cardinal
  • rhea
  • roller
  • scarlet ibis
  • spoonbill
  • stone curlew
  • Storks
    • marabou stork
    • saddle-billed stork
    • shoebill stork
    • yellow billed stork
  • sun conure
  • superb starling
  • Swans
    • black swan
    • black-necked swan
    • mute swan
  • tanager
  • toco toucan
  • turaco
  • twelve-wired bird-of-paradise
  • wattled starling
  • weaver bird
  • white-bellied sea eagle
  • whydah
  • yellow-hooded blackbird
  • yellow-naped amazon parrot

Awards

Awarded to Jurong Bird Park

  • ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001
  • Aseanta 2004, 2007 Excellence Awards
  • Best Loved Pro-Family Businesses 2006
  • Superstar Winner of the 2004 Excellent Service Awards (Leisure attractions)
  • Tourism Host of the Year 2003 - Leisure Attraction

Transport

To get to Jurong Bird Park, visitors would have to take the Mass Rapid Transit to Boon Lay MRT Station and transfer to SBS Transit Service 194 or 251 from Boon Lay Bus Interchange.

Service Destination Notes
SBS Transit Trunk Services
194 Boon Lay Bus Interchange
251 Boon Lay Bus Interchange Loops at Benoi Rd

See also

  • Singapore Zoo
  • Night Safari
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens

References

  • Véronique Sanson (1992), Gardens and Parks of Singapore, Oxford University Press,

External links



Source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurong_Bird_Park