|With over 9,000 birds belonging to more than 600 species, Jurong BirdPark (裕廊飞禽公园) is one of the world's best in the conservation and display of birds in natural settings. Its successes include the world's first captive breeding of the endangered 12-wired Bird of Paradise. Jurong BirdPark has unique shows like the "Birds of Prey" Shows among others, the world's tallest man-made waterfall and much more.
The idea of a bird park to be built in Jurong Town was first conceived in 1968 by Dr Goh Keng Swee, the then Minister for Finance. During a World Bank Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited its zoological garden and was impressed with its free-flight aviary. He sought to see that Jurong would be more than an industrial zone that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life, where people could relax with nature. All this Dr Goh saw in the Jurong BirdPark, which would be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Subsequently, Mr J Toovey, the Zoo Architect from the Zoological Society of London was invited to make preliminary studies of the project and upon his advice, the present site of the Jurong BirdPark, which is situated on the western slope of Jurong Hill (Bukit Perepok) was chosen in December 1968.
While the Park was being built, the Park’s officials urged ambassadors and foreign dignitaries to Singapore to contribute birds for the new park. Soon, birds from all over the world finches, pheasants, herons, mallards, owls, cockatoos began arriving. By opening day, 12 countries, 7 zoos and 40 private donors had contributed birds to the Park.
On 3 January 1971, Jurong BirdPark was opened to the public. It was built at a cost of $3.5 million, excluding land cost. Queen Elizabeth II visits the Waterfall Aviary shortly after the opening of the BirdPark.
There are two wildlife tours. (i) Bird's Eye Tour through their guided VIP buggy tours. (ii) Feeding Frenzy Tour via their buggy and let their experienced personal tour bring you on a magical feeding spree. For tour pricing, please visit their website.