It will always be a fluttering day in Jurong Bird Park if you are a person who loves colorful and gorgeous chirping birds. For all bird enthusiasts, the park offers an amiable, comfortable and unforgettable experience while staying in Singapore.
Steven and I decided to visit Jurong Bird Park in Boon Lay on our second-day adventure in Singapore. It is known as the Singapore’s oldest wildlife park built on 1971. This was the idea of the late Dr. Goh Keng Swee when he visited the zoological garden in Rio de Janeiro during a World Bank Meeting. Singaporeans must really be forever thankful for a man like him who had this great interest in nature and feathered creatures.
A friendly nature haven with a kaleidoscope of foliage and colorful birds welcomed us at the entrance of Jurong Bird Park in the western area of Singapore. Thousands of them from all over the world living in a natural environment of the rainforest gratified our longing to witness a fascinating world of beautiful creatures.
Upon entering the park just after we paid at the ticketing counter for our tickets, we felt the place was welcoming and relaxing. The heat was mitigated by the trees that serve as the canopy of the place.
Wondering what we should visit first, we made our first stop at Penguin Coast. Just by merely observing and looking at the rare and chubby tuxedoed birds, I instantly felt I was transported in cold Antarctica.
The penguins had been put in a special controlled aquarium that mimics their natural habitat conditions. It serves as the home for the four species of penguins: the Humboldt, Rockhopper, Macaroni and the majestic King Penguin.
We felt excited to observe real penguins through the glass wall. Our faces were lifted up with translucent joy upon gazing at them dove and torpedoed around the waters. Having a close look at the penguins pleased me for I have only read about them in books or seen them on television.
Up next was the picturesque Flamingo Lake. Charmed of its tranquillity, we enjoyed the alluring flamingos with their vibrant pink plumage. They strut in style or waded through the water searching for food. Wanting to immortalize the experience, we did snapshots with the fascinating flamingos.
After feasting on the sights of the flamingos, we hopped on trams. We did it to save our feet from too much walking while exploring the jungle.
The journey on tram offered us an informative audio commentary. It introduced the animals and insights on what we were seeing as each habitat came into view like the “Birds of Prey”, “American King Vultures”, “Dino Descendants” and so much more. While our eyes were feasting on the views, the birds fluttered freely around the surroundings. The environment was crammed with a seemingly tropical bird song competition.
Another exciting event was our up-close feeding encounters with the extremely sociable, cute, bold and variegated birds called Lories or Lorikeets while walking across suspended bridges inside the lush and the greenery bird park. Some people around the area leisurely walked carrying mini-cups of nectar mix for the birds. Naturally, we would like to do the same thing. We strolled on our way to the Lori feeding station to have our own for $3SGD.
Unlike other birds that are cautious towards humans, at Lory Loft, the birds were accustomed to visitors/tourists. Dozens of lories were clambering around or sitting on the railings. They were either playing or waiting for a passing visitor to offer a cup of nectar. On the other hand, other lories flutter or dance from one branch to another.
Many birds were already fed during the time of our visit. As a result, there were just a few of them which descended on the railings to enjoy the cup of nectar mix we were holding.
Wanting for more exciting experience, we planned to have lunch with the parrots. Unfortunately, the place was still under renovation when we visited. We eventually decided to attend the bird show in the Pools Amphitheater. It was the first time I would watch an exhilarating line-up of beautiful and talented birds such as the macaws, parrots, pelicans to name a few.
Volunteers from the crowd were always called to participate in the show. These volunteers were little cute kids who were also excited to touch the amazing birds which were cautiously trained, fed carefully, and prized by their excellent performance.
On this show, we witnessed Congo African Grey Parrots which are also known as Congo parrots. They worked cooperatively to free themselves out of the cage by using their sharp beaks. In addition to that, a disciplined and talented macaw showcased its talent on solving a simple environmental problem. It was how to put the garbage in the trash bin. Another famous bird, a cockatoo, drew a masterpiece with the use of its beak. I was surprised to know that its name was Picasso, which instantly reminded me of Pablo Ruiz y Picasso who was a Spanish painter.
This trip did not end after watching the bird’s show. This is where our feet led us afterward — toward the mesmerizing man-made waterfall.
We gasped in astonishment admiring this artificial waterfall in Waterfall Aviary, which is a home for more than 600 birds. A picture-perfect scene with an orchestra of nature that played around: the tweeting of the birds, the rustling of the leaves, and the swishing of water against the rocks.
Undeniably, Jurong Bird Park will always have a place in our heart wherever we travel. It provided us not only beautiful sights to explore but also an experiential learning as we gain awareness of the colorful avian world.
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