Apart from the mynahs and chickens we’d see roaming all over our island, there’s one place we would all go to if we wanted to marvel at a variety of bird species—Jurong Bird Park.
Five decades after it first opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park became Asia’s largest bird park. The 20.2-hectare haven is home to about 3,500 birds across 400 species.
On 3 January 2023, the park will be welcoming its final guest as it plans to relocate the bird haven to Mandai Wildlife Reserve at its brand-new home called Bird Paradise.
In celebration of the momentous occasion, the park will be having an exciting lineup of activities and events to celebrate the rich heritage and im-peck-able achievements it’s experienced in the past 52 years since opening.
A Flight To Remember
From 3 September 2022 onwards, the park’s “A Flight To Remember” event will be open to the public for visitors to take a trip down memory lane.
Embark on a self-guided heritage trail of Jurong Bird Park, where you can make pit-stops at a series of heritage displays highlighting the key milestones and changes the park went through since its official opening in 1971.
For instance, the park’s Panorail—a monorail system offering panoramic views to guests was first launched in 1992, before ceasing operations in 2012. The park currently runs on a fleet of electric trams, but the nostalgic train will be recreated and brought back for a retro-themed photo opportunity that guests can enjoy!
Guests can also leave their fondest memories of heading to the bird park at the “living” Memory Wall at the Penguin Coast, where they’ll be able to see their memories pop up on screen in real-time and stand in awe before the collective memories of other Singaporeans.
If you’re one to look for hidden gems and “what locals love” when you travel, consider checking out the exclusive staff-curated trail from Jurong Bird Park, where you can discover the favourite spots and the park’s best kept secrets.
For instance, an Animal Care Officer from the park recommends visitors to check out the Terrace located next to the Flamingo Lodge, because that’s where you can catch the scenic views of the great flamingos in the morning under the sun rays (perfect for the ‘gram), as well as seeing the zookeepers feeding the flamingos in the water around 1-2pm, where you’ll witness other opportunistic species like wild ducks and herons sneaking in for a piece of fish.
Win a Memento on the Heritage Trail
From 8.30am-6pm daily, guests can explore the park and learn about its history by visiting various checkpoints and scanning the QR codes there.
Those who visit at least 3 checkpoints can redeem a Jurong Bird Park memento from the Membership Service Centre, limited to the first 100 redemptions daily.
Visitors will also be able to bring a piece of Jurong Bird Park home, with limited-edition merchandise such as Jurong Bird Park-themed terrariums and medallions. A limited-edition gift will also be given for every $40 spent in a single transaction.
Guided Tour to Launch in November
The Park will also be launching a guided tour, termed the Nostalgic Signature tour, whereby seasoned guides will take you on a trip back in time through the park’s storied history.
Learn about the lesser-known anecdotes about the park’s inhabitants, architecture, and engage in exclusive feeding session and other avian encounters in the African Treetops and Waterfall Aviary parts of the park.
Need a pick me up along the ride? Savour the nostalgic dining experiencing by stopping by some of the traditional push carts selling local hawker bites.
Bookings for the tour will open on 19 October 2022, and you can find out more about the countdown line-up via the park’s event page.
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