fine feathered friends
Birds of a feather flock together. If you love the noisy, excited chatter of Cockatoos and Macaws and Parakeets and others all in one place, do head on down to the Jurong Bird Park. One of the world's most popular bird sanctuary, it opened in 1971 (Singapore's oldest wildlife park), and has been an award winning attraction drawing millions since. With an impressive collection of over 5000 birds and more than 400 species, it is one of the largest bird aviaries in the world, a nice traipse to the Western sector of Singapore and a respite from the City.
Set up during the early years of Singapore's a modern industrialisation drive in the rural area of Singapore known as Jurong, it brought life to this fast developing sector. It holds many fond childhood memories for locals, who were herded there on rickety old school buses for their school excursions to the Park.
As with the Singapore Zoo, and Night Safari, the Bird Park boast an open concept, preferring the birds to have as spacious and 'uncaged' experience as possible, one resembling natural habitat. You can start your tour by hopping on the 20-mins Guided Tram (Adult$5 Child $3) for a round trip of the entire park.
Then you can decide to go back on a clockwise route of the Park following the route of the Tram for a more detailed experience or zoom in to your favourite. Factor in time for the impressive Bird Shows spread throughout the day (see timings).
Here is a run down of the major exhibits:
It was the world's highest indoor waterfall for a long time at 30 metres (you'll have to go to the water fall Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay for that now!). You 'walk-into' the aviary and get absorbed into the riotous cacophony of over 600 birds and numerous plant species. Try spotting the Crested Guinea Fowl, Iridescent Starling and Turaco.
Yet another world's largest and this time get up close and REALLY personal with very friendly Lorikeets that'll clamber all over your head if you allow, with a cup of nectar on your hand.
Penguin Coast (Inside and Out)
Ahh the cool comfort of the air conditioned Penguin Coast! That aside, the perennial favourites of kids and adults alike must be the cute little wobblers and their antics in and around their water habitat. From the majestic King Penguins, to the Humboldt and Rockhoppers, a chance to learn more about these birds and their behaviours.
Flamingo Lake & Pelican Cove
The delightful sights of the pinky Greater and Lesser Flamingoes is a great photo opportunity. you might see wedding couples having a go at it too. A most comprehensive collection of Pelican anywhere in the world is found here.
World of Darkness
Enveloped in darkness, that's the dimmest exhibit in Singapore, and for good reason. Owls are the stars here. These nocturnal creatures (Snowy Owl, Malay Fish Owl and the giant Eurasian Eagle Owl, etc.) are clearly the kings of the darkness and awesome predators of the night.
Breeding & Research Centre, Hornbill & Toucans Exhibit
Once thought totally extinct in Singapore, a healthy population can still be found all over the island, thanks in some ways to the efforts of the Breeding Research Centre and dedicated Park Ornithologist.
Birds of Play
Cool off at the birds themed Birds of Play kiddy wet splash playground, and yes adults are welcomed too. Changing rooms available and appropriate swimming gears are required. Retail and F&B provided. More details below.
Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays:
9.00am - 5.30pm
11.00am - 5.30pm
18 - 29 Jan 2016
23 May 2016
26 Sep 2016
29 Feb 2016
28 Mar 2016
25 Apr 2016
27 Jun 2016
25 Jul 2016
29 Aug 2016
24 Oct 2016
14 Nov 2016
These are the closure dates declared by the park, do check online for details before coming.
Wet Play Area Guidelines:
No food and drinks, No footwear, No running
Appropriate swimwear and swimming diapers are to be worn at all times. Shower before and after play.
Wings of Asia
Catch the direct bus service to the Mandai Zoos/Safari (approx $6 per adult per way) Before or after your adventure at Jurong Bird Park, chill off at Jurong Point Malls at Boon Lay MRT.
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ADMISSION CHARGES AND SHOW TIMES (JURONG BIRD PARK)
The Wildlife Reserves Singapore offers discounts up to $24 ($121 Adult/$78 Child) with their 'Park Hopper' packages to all 4 of their parks if you choose to buy them together, e.g. 4-in-1 versus individual park tickets. Go online and book through credit cards and get 10% discount. Check their website for more details.
Single Entry Park admission for Jurong Bird Park:
Child $18 (3-12)
*Seniors $12 (above 60)
*Senior Citizen admission only applicable for Singaporean or Singapore PR aged 60 and above. Senior citizens are required to present proof of identification. Always check website for more details.
8.30a.m. - 6.00p.m.
LOCATION and getting there (jurong bird park)
2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
Tel: (65) 6265 0022
NEAREST TRAIN STATION & BUS CONNECTION:
Boon Lay MRT (EW27)
Bus No. 194 connecting From Boon Lay bus interchange