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Having opened its doors to the public back in 1971 Jurong Bird Park is one of the key highlights for animal and bird lovers touring the sunny confines of the Lion City. Sprawled across an impressive area of 50 acres the venue remains one of Singapore’s most popular tourist attractions welcoming a whopping 900,000 visitors annually. Tucked away within the leafy district of Jurong this extensive bird park is home to more than 8000 winged beauties that belong to more than 600 species. As the world’s most expansive bird park the venue also holds the honour of housing the second largest collection of bird species in the world within its scenic confines.
Some of the most popular exhibits at Jurong Bird Park include Dinosaur Descendents which contains flight-less birds such as emus, ostriches, cassowaries and rheas. The Lory Loft on the other hand is the world’s largest walk-in bird enclosure with 3000m2 devoted to more than 1000 free roaming lorikeets and Lories. Built to resemble an Australian rainforest environment visitors can take part in feeding the creatures as well. The Southeast Asian Birds Aviary showcases more than 200 species of Southeast Asian birds while the Penguin Coast houses rockhopper, Humboldt, King and Macaroni penguins in a 17,000 square foot enclosure resembling a giant ship.
Nocturnal species in contrast are found in the World of Darkness enclosure which is Asia’s premier nocturnal aviary with state-of-the-art lighting capabilities. Sixty nocturnal birds including Snowy Owls and Night Herons are found here while the Pelican Cove showcases the rare Dalmatian Pelican and other pelican species in an aviary which also encompasses the globe’s first underwater viewing gallery where visitors can observe pelicans dive in for a catch.
Other popular haunts at Jurong include Parrot Paradise and Swan Lake where the majestic black necked swans and mute swans occupy a picturesque lake. The Waterfall Aviary is another hotspot as the 2 hectare 13 story tall area is the verdant home of more than 600 free-roaming birds and a 30m high waterfall.
Macau Island, The Riverine and the Jungle Jewels Flight Aviary are also worth exploring in addition to the Royal Ramble, Scarlet Ibis and Flamingo Lake.
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