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Jurong Bird Park

Traveling between Australia and Europe, we often use Singapore Airlines which allows us to have a day layover in Singapore.  Of course the best way to spend this layover is a visit to the stunning Jurong Bird Park.  Here are some details about  the park, followed by some pics I took of the wonderful birds they have.

Opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird park in the region, offering a 20.2-hectare hillside haven for 5,000 birds, representing 380 species. Committed to its efforts in conservation and exhibiting birds in naturalistic settings, the Bird Park creates simulated natural habitats from the grasslands of Africa to the rainforests of South America for different bird species.

The Bird Park provides opportunities for those interested in wildlife to enhance their understanding of the avian world through interactive bird-feeding encounters and world-class bird shows, all of which drew an estimated 900,000 visitors in 2010.

Jurong Bird Park is home to the world's largest walk-in lory flight aviary at 3,000 square metres and over 9 stories high. Featuring 10 colourful lory species, this exhibit is a favourite amongst guests who get to feed the gregarious lories a nectar mix while observing them up close.

Other not-to-be missed highlights include African Waterfall Aviary, the hornbill and toucan exhibit, Penguin Coast, Macaw Island, Flamingo Lake and Heliconia Repository.

In Asia, the Bird Park is the only park with an Avian Hospital. It has a Breeding and Research Centre tasked to ensure the welfare, breeding and promulgation of birdlife and is also an Official Rescued Avian Centre.

Birdz of Play, the newest playground for children promises a splashing good time, with wet and dry zones for little ones to have a fun run in.

Committed towards conservation, the Bird Park is the first in the world to breed the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise in captivity and received the Breeders' Award from the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society in 2001. In 2006, the Bird Park became the recipient of the Conservation & Research Award for the Oriental Pied Hornbill Conservation Project by IV International Symposium on Breeding Birds in Captivity (ISBBC).

Efforts to have more educational touchpoints for guests took the form of a Bird Discovery Centre in 2009. This is a 'living classroom' for guests to learn more about the avian world, from the life stages of a bird to exploring how birds command mastery of the sky. Additionally, the Bird Park also has a variety of educational programmes for students of all ages. These comprise of day trips, overnight camps, behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and wildlife publications.

Food Treats
Always a treat, Lunch with Parrots at Songbird Terrance gives guests a chance to mingle with some prized birds, while enjoying a leisurely buffet amidst lush surroundings. Other food outlets include Bongo Burgers, Hawk Café and the newly opened Ben & Jerry's scoop shop

Operating Hours
Jurong Bird Park opens daily from 8.30am to 6.00pm. Admission: S$18.00 (adult) and S$12.00 (child between 3 – 12 years old).

For more information, please visit their website.

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