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A Day Spent In The Aviary At Jurong Bird Park Singapore

November 17, 2015

One of the major attractions in Singapore, the Jurong Bird Park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore is place filled with hues and tweets. It occupies an area of 50 acres of land on the western slope of Jurong Hill in the Boon lay Planning Area.

The aviary was the vision of the former Finance Minister, Dr. Goh Keng Swee, who wished to see Jurong evolve as a place for the Singaporeans to unwind and relax in the lap of nature. The aviary was built at a cost of S$3.5 million and was opened for public viewing in the year 1971.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Jurong Bird Park Singapore | Image Resource : girikand.com

Jurong Bird Par is invariably one of the major crowd pullers in Singapore. It is home to some of the most beautiful and colorful bird species that include a total number of 5000 birds belonging to 400 species out of which 29 species come under the endangered bracket.  It is reportedly world’s largest bird park in terms of number of birds and second largest in terms of species and covering area.

After a recent renovation in the year 2006, Jurong Bird Park is now complete with an entrance plaza, Bongo Burger restaurant, an ice cream parlor, a gift shop and bird hospital.

The park is segregated into several categories that give the visitors a chance to get up and close with some of the magnificent bird species. One such section is African Waterfall Aviary, a 2 hectare long walk-in aviary that exhibits over 600 birds that include species like hoopoe, turacos and golden-breasted starling.

Flamingo Lake In Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Flamingo Lake In Jurong Bird Park Singapore | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

 After the free flying birds comes the section of non flying birds such as Ostriches, emus, cassowaries and rheas. Then there are over 200 odd species of Asian birds. Visitors can walk in to the section of lories and lorikeets, penguin coasts with Humboldt, macaroni, king penguin and rockhopper. Then there is a section of nocturnal such as the night herons, boobook owls, fish owls, and snowy owls. The pelican cove has 7 species.

Jurong Bird Park evoked the lover in me as I got lost amidst the beautiful hues of the birds and their nonstop tweeting. It filled my heart and rejuvenated me to the core. 

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