2017 JURONG BIRD PARK TRAVEL GUIDE
JURONG BIRD PARK: The Man-made Bird Kingdom in Singapore
Birds are some of the freest creatures in the world. With wings to flutter them from place to place at a height most people only dreamt of reaching, nothing says freedom than to stretch one’s wings and get an almost 360 degrees aerial view of this planet we call home.
But due to this same mobility and possibly the issue of origins, not all birds are seen by human eyes. Even the keenest individuals often only see them at a distance given most birds’ wary nature towards other creatures, including men.
This might be true for most birds in the wild and humans alike. However, it all was set to change when a bird sanctuary in Singapore “took flight” in 1971 as an exhibit to Asia’s largest man-made habitat for aviary critters: the Jurong Bird Park.
JURONG BIRD PARK
Harboring over 5000 flying beasts across 400 diverse species, Jurong Bird Park is a host to the most colorful combination of winged animals as sourced from different places throughout the planet.
Distinct from their purely terrestrial counterparts, birds of this caliber require spaces apart from what they can set their feet on. As such, you can only imagine this bird sanctuary to be massive in volume.
For years, this park had been in a constant eagerness to improve and whose changes result to its many award-winning exhibits that set a milestone to the place.
You may like the idea of visiting a bird sanctuary as Jurong Bird Park to see natural aviation that gave inspiration to our modern flying vehicles, but this park is no zoo. You do not only stare at birds or take memorable images of them from afar at this sanctuary, you actually interact with them first-hand.
With 20.2 hectares of allowable walking space to discover, expect to be overwhelmed with the wide collection of uniquely-colored species as you go about and mesmerize at them.
Just do not forget to show proper discretion towards these flight critters as their body can be fairly sensitive and delicate.
WHAT TO SEE AT JURONG BIRD PARK
Not everything about this park is man-made. Most of the sites you get the privilege to see and experience in it are pre-existent, if not carved after nature itself.
Take, for example, the Waterfall Aviary which hosts as much as 600 birds and a waterfall 30 meters tall. It also happens to the bird sanctuary’s largest walk-in aviary. The best part of this particular section is its daily feeding session where visitors are given the chance to feed the bird first-hand.
Want to meet the friendliest birds of the bunch? Then head on to the 9-floor Lory Loft where the Australian natives are nestled.
Seen a toucan before? Then visit Jungle Jewels which is basically a mimic of the tropical rainforest of South America which the toucan calls home.
When you think that all birds fly, this sanctuary tries to clear off the notion by exhibiting flightless birds which includes the penguins as located in their own habitat at the Penguin Coast.
Yet, there is a lot more to discover in this place not covered in this article which you are about to explore when you choose to visit the place.
HOW TO GET TO JURONG BIRD PARK
MRT & Bus
The nearest MRT station to Jurong Bird Park is on the East-West (Green) line. Hop on these connecting public buses that will take you right to the Bird Park.
Nearest MRT stations: Boon Lay (EW27)
Connecting buses: Bus No. 194 (From Boon Lay bus interchange)
2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Tel: (65) 6269 3411
OPENING HOURS: (The Park is open every day of the year.)
8.30am to 6.00pm daily
(Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)
ADMISSION (in Singaporean Dollars)
Adult $29 | Child* (3 – 12 years old) $19 |Senior Citizen $13
OPENING AND CLOSING TIME
Opening Time:8.30am | Closing Time: 6.00pm
If you want to maximize your trip to Jurong Bird Park, it is suggested that you should be there the moment it opens in the morning at 8:30 AM until its closing time.
Please take note that the itinerary listed below is loaded, but you can opt to skip some if you wanted to rest or have your meal.
The moment you arrive at Jurong Bird Park, you walk through the lush Palm Plaza which is beautifully curated.
Note: It would be best to take the tram around so that you can save your energy for the whole day.
8.40am – 9.00 am.Lory Loft
You and your family will surely enjoy 9-storey high Lory Loft, the world’s largest 3,000 square-meter free-flight aviary. You can feed the birds and experience how it is to be flooded by birds while you are holding your feeding container.
9.00am – 9.20am. Waterfall Aviary
After the Lory Loft, you can proceed to the Waterfall Aviary.You can hike up to the observation posts and be inspired by the world’s tallest man-made waterfall.
9.25am – 9.55am. Breeding and Research Center
It would be great on how to see how they maintain the lives at the park by visiting the Breeding & Research Center. At the center you will see how they nurture the cute little hatchlings into fine young birds.
10.00am – 10.30am. King of the Skies Show at Hawk Arena
Be at the Hawk Arena at exactly 10 AM as the show starts exactly on time. At the show, you will see the majestic eagles, owls hawks, and vultures in an amazing display of swiftness and sharp-eyed accuracy right before your eyes.
10.30am – 11.00am. Penguin Coast
Jurong Bird Park has both Penguins inside and outside. The inside climate-controlled den is home to 4 species of penguins – the Rockhopper, Macaroni, Humboldt, and the majestic King Penguin. While the outdoor enclosure houses the African Penguins, otherwise known as Jackass Penguins.You will have the opportunity to feed the African Penguins.
11.00am – 11.30am. High Flyers Show
Kids and adult alike will surely love watching High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre featuring colorful birds. The audience can even have a participation on some of the tricks they have with the birds.
11.30am – 11.45am. Meet the Ostrich and Cassowary
Meet the prehistoric-like flightless bird, the ostrich and one of the world’s most dangerous birds, the cassowary.
11.50am – 12.10pm. Pied Hornbill
Meet up close an Oriental Pied Hornbill in a getting-to-know-you bird feeding session. Please notice the eyelashes on the Hornbill – the only flying birds to have them!
12.00pm – 1.20pm. Interactive Lunch with the Parrots
Since you are already at the park it would be great to spend time dining while being entertained by the talented feathered performers.
Venue: Songbird Terrace
Time: Lunch from 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Showtime is 1.00pm to 1.30pm. Last seating is at 1.30pm.
Buffet Lunch Prices :$25.00 (Adult) and $20.00 (Child)
***Prices are in Singapore dollars and inclusive of 7% GST.
1.30pm. Kid’s Time
Let your kids enjoy the bird-themed water playground, Birdz of Play.
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