You most probably have heard of the world famous Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, but did you know that Singapore has one of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world? Spanning over 20.2 hectares of land, Jurong Bird Park, which is the largest in Asia, is home to over 5,000 birds, varying across 380 different species. Just like most of the animal sanctuaries in Singapore, Jurong Bird Park has been conceptualized and designed to capture the elements of different continents. The park also features a 30 meter-high man-made waterfall, enhancing the natural wildlife ambience that the aviary aims to achieve. While there are many things that you can do at Jurong Bird Park, there are just some things that should not be missed. So put on your most comfortable pair of shoes, keep the sunscreen and poncho ready (in case it gets too hot or starts to rain), and get up close and personal with the colourful feathered birds!
African Waterfall Aviary
Walking into this free-flying aviary, the first thing you’ll hear is the sound of the cascading waterfall, followed by the chirps of over 600 birds from the African continent. The African Waterfall Aviary is the largest aviary in the park and it is here that you’ll get to catch a glimpse of the multi-coloured turacos and the starlings, and many other different species from the African region. To get a clear overview of the park, you can take a short hike up to the observation posts, where you may also get to see a clear view of migratory birds in action.
If you want to interact with the birds at a closer level, then head to the Lory Loft where you’ll get the chance to have the brightly coloured birds eating off the palm of your hands! The Lory Loft, which stands elevated at 9-storey high, is yet another free-flying area, which means, do not get too shocked if one of the lories land on your shoulder!
The Penguin Coast is where you’ll get the opportunity to see these tuxedo styled birds interacting with one another in their controlled indoor and outdoor environment. This area is home to four different types of penguins – Humboldt, Macaroni, Rockhopper and King Penguin. Watch as the penguins take a swift dive into the waters, showing off their aquatic capabilities, and how they waddle around their environment. Do head down to the Penguin Coast during feeding times and observe how these flightless birds interact with their human friends!
King of the Skies Show
Be captured by the hawks and falcons at the King of the Skies show as they show the visitors what they are born to do – ‘rule’ the skies. The show features a Mongolian and Arab falconer, who uses these birds to assist in their hunts. If you are lucky, you might be selected to take part in the show, giving you the opportunity to get close to these majestic birds. You will also get to see different eagles and owls in the show.
Birdz of Play
This is the one part of the park that your young ones will enjoy most – the water play area. Let them run wild at the shallow water area, where they can spray one another with water cannons, be dunked beneath a big can of water, play on see-saws and swings and conquer heights on the flying fox. For the parents, you can take this time to relax and chill out after a day of walking around the park!