No trip to Singapore should be complete without a visit to the famous Jurong Bird Park, particularly if you are a nature or bird lover.

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is located on Singapore's model industrial estate and is home to over 8,000 birds specialising in species from South Asia. The idea for the park began in 1968 when the Minister for Finance requested a space where Singaporeans could escape their urban life and relax with nature. The park was opened in 1971 and refurbished in 2006.

The simplest way to travel around Jurong Bird Park is by Panorail, an air-conditioned monorail that gives spectacular views across the park. Tickets can be bought once you are inside the park or you may be able to purchase them at your hotel.

You will probably need to spend a whole day at the bird park to fully take in all the attractions. It is a good idea to plan the things you want to see before you go and remember some exhibits will get very busy at certain times of the day.

Some of the highlights of the Jurong Bird Park include:

Birds Of Prey Show: Learn about falconry and watch as eagles, hawks and falcons soar above the treetops.

The Lory Loft: The world's biggest lory aviary at 9 stories high which houses over 1000 lories.The Penguin Exhibit: You will be able to see over 200 penguins underwater. Five species of penguin - the Macaroni, Fairy, Humboldt, Rockhopper and King Penguin - will delight you as they 'fly' underwater.

The World Of Darkness: Asia's first nocturnal bird house has special reverse lighting that converts day to night and night to day. You will see 60 birds from 17 species including night herons and snowy owls. The bird house has been set up so you experience similar to a walk along a starlit jungle path and can observe birds in a near natural habitat.

Waterfall Aviary: The world's largest walk-in aviary also contains the world's largest man-made waterfall. It is home to over 1500 free-flying birds.

African Wetlands: Fascinating birds including pelicans, shoebills and storks in an award-winning exhibit.

The Birds 'n' Buddies Show: Formerly known as the All Star Bird Show you will be entertained and amazed by performing birds in colourful costumes.

Jurong Bird Park has won many awards since it opened and as well as the bird attractions you will also find restaurants, gift shops and a bird hospital.

Whether you buy your ticket before you get to Singapore or once you arrive make sure you use a reputable travel agent. It may also be worth taking out insurance in case your tickets get lost or you are unable to go.


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