Jurong Bird Park

Where is it?

2 Jurong Hill, Singapore

When is it open?

8:30am to 6pm (last entry 5:30pm), 365 days a year.

We arrived at 4pm and exhibits were starting to be closed from 5pm, so getting there earlier would be better.

Cost

We have an Annual Family Pass for all the Wildlife Reserves in Singapore so we got in as part of our membership.

Normal prices are $30 per adult and $20 per child. If you buy online is advance there is a 15% discount.

About the park

Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park which opened in 1971. It is spread over 20.2 hectares (202,000 square metres), it has 3500 birds across 400 species, 20% of which are threatened species.

The park has huge walk-in aviaries as well as smaller traditional exhibits showing the age of the park. The Waterfall Aviary is particularly impressive with a variety of bird species freely flying around, walkways and a 30m waterfall. There is also Lory Loft and Jungle Jewels but we did not have time to view them. The first exhibit from the entrance is Penguin Coast and the Penguins were being herded inside for the evening when we arrived. It was lovely watching them having a snack from the keeper before queuing to go inside. Just around the corner is Pelican Cove with huge pelicans – they are enormous birds.

The bird park is the first in the world to breed the Malayan black hornbill (1995) and the twelve-wired bird of paradise (2001) in captivity. It is the only park in the Asia Pacific to have an Avian Hospital.

We spent two hours and did not see a lot of the exhibits and aviaries. We took a tram ride around the park first to get our bearings (at an additional cost of $5 per adult and $3 per child (a 20% discount for members reduced this for us)). There are a variety of activities, feeding programs and shows throughout the day but we missed them all! We’ll definitely be returning for another visit and taking decent cameras with us to get some great bird shots. In the meantime enjoy the ones I took with my iPhone.

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