Jurong Bird Park

2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925

Location: 2 Jurong Hill

DESCRIPTION

It is home to more than 8,000 birds of 600 species from around the world. The park engages and educates both locals and foreign visitors to learn more about the life and natural habitats of the birds. It also has one of the world's largest walk-in aviaries with the tallest man-made waterfall, which is over thirty metres tall.

HISTORY

Jurong Bird Park was opened on 3 January 1971 and it is also 1 of the largest bird parks in Southeast Asia. The park’s collection of birds was contributed from over 12 countries, seven zoos and 40 private donors around the world.

CURRENT

An open-concept park with a huge collection of birds from 600 species, Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred about 29 species of endangered bird species through its commitment to breeding and conservation efforts. The park's exhibits and aviaries mimic and simulate the natural habitats for different species of birds. The exhibits are separated into different zones based on the birds’ species and natural habitats.

The Hornbills and Toucans exhibit which houses one of the world's largest collections of Southeast Asian hornbills and a wide variety of South American toucans consists of some twenty-five large aviaries. The simulated natural habitat enclosures have proved successful, as the world's first hatching in captivity of the black hornbill and great Indian hornbill were recorded here.

The Penguin Parade exhibit is home to more than 200 penguins of five species: the humboldt, the rockhopper, the macaroni, the fairy and the king penguin.

The Southeast Asian Birds Aviary has around 260 species of exotic birds from the Southeast Asia region. The aviaries were landscaped to simulate a secondary-rainforest environment for the birds where an artificial tropical thunderstorm would rain only within the centre of the aviary.

The Park's Waterfall Aviary, one of the world's largest walk-in aviaries with a thirty metre high man-made waterfall, houses more than 1,500 free-flying birds such as ibis and egret. The aviary is also decorated with a range of over 10,000 exotic trees, bamboos, palms and ground-cover vegetation to simulate a tropical rainforest environment.

Furthermore, bird shows like the All Stars Birdshow, Kings of the Skies and Fuji World of Hawks which are staged at the amphitheatre and the Falconry Arena will help to educate visitors more about avian characteristics and behaviours and are a great source of amusement, especially for the children.



References

1. National Library Board Singapore. (2015, July 30). Jurong Bird Park. Retrieved from SINGAPORE INFOPEDIA: Link Here

2. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (2015, May 31 ). Article: Jurong Bird Park. Retrieved from WIKIPEDIA THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA: Link Here

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