About the Parks
Our parks are evolving from being "Viewing" parks to "Learning" parks; leisure attractions providing an experiential learning experience for visitors as they learn more about animals, birds, plants and the environment through sight and sounds, and to gain awareness on the need for conservation of wildlife.
Jurong Bird Park - Where Colour Lives
Opened in 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Singapore’s first wildlife park and Asia’s largest bird park, offering a 20.2-hectare hillside haven for more than 5,000 birds across 400 species, of which 15% are threatened. The park aims to enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows.
Visitors can go down under to Lory Loft, the biggest lory flight aviary featuring nine colourful lory species. This exhibit is popular among visitors who get to experience an up-close feeding frenzy as they walk across suspended bridges with the birds eating out of their hands.
Other attractions include Penguin Coast, home to nearly 100 penguins across five species, and Pelican Cove which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of pelicans.
In addition to immersive exhibits, animal presentations such as the Kings of the Skies and High Flyers shows, which highlight the birds’ beauty, agility and intelligence, are wildly popular amongst visitors.
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Conservation & Education
The bird park is the first in the world to breed the twelve-wired bird of paradise in captivity and received the Breeders ’ Award from the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society in 2001.
Jurong Bird Park has experienced considerable success in breeding hornbills and recorded the world's first successful hatching of the black hornbill and great Indian hornbill. Since 2005, the park has been involved in the Singapore Hornbill Project which has resulted in an increase in the population of oriental pied hornbills in Singapore and enhanced understanding on the nesting and breeding behaviors of these birds. In 2013, Jurong Bird Park achieved another global first with three wild oriental pied hornbill eggs successfully incubated at hatched at the Breeding & Research Centre.
The park has been successful in breeding the critically endangered Bali mynah since 1990, and is working with the Begawan Foundation in Indonesia to enhance the wild population of this species. In 2011, three Bali mynahs bred at Jurong Bird Park were sent to Bali to increase the gene pool and boost the population of these birds.
In-park, the Bird Discovery Centre provides a ‘living classroom’ for visitors to learn about the avian world, from the life stages of a bird to exploring how birds command mastery of the sky. The park hosts a variety of educational programmes for students. These comprise of day trips, overnight camps, behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and wildlife publications.
Jurong Bird Park is the only park with an Avian Hospital in the Asia Pacific region.
Night Safari - The World's First
Opened in 1994, Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. It spans 35 hectares of secondary forest and is home to over 2,500 animals of over 130 species, of which 38% are threatened.
Night Safari, a 12-time winner of the Best Attraction category awarded by Singapore Tourism Board, receives over 1.1 million visitors annually, luring visitors with its world class service quality, product offerings and physical surroundings.
Four interlinked walking trails offer close encounters with threatened and endangered species such as the pangolin and clouded leopard. Other attractions include the Creatures of the Night Show which showcases the predatory and survival instincts of nocturnal animals, as well as fire eating performances by Thumbuakar tribal dancers.
Night Safari’s iconic animal is Asian bull elephant Chawang, who has sired four calves thus far. Through successful breeding programmes like these, the park hopes to continue contributing to the overall global population of Asian elephants. Visitors will be able to view the majestic tusker via tram.
In addition, visitors can dine at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant. Opened in November 2006, the 600- seater restaurant evokes a kampong (traditional village) feel among diners and offers both al fresco or indoor dining, buffet or a la carte.
The park’s award-winning Gourmet Safari Express, in which visitors dine onboard a tram traversing Night Safari, is a Gold Award winner in the prestigious International Festivals and Events World Forum (IFEA) Pinnacles Awards 2001.
River Safari - Asia's First and Only River-Themed Wildlife Park
River Safari is Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, and is the latest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s portfolio of award-winning parks. Occupying 12 hectares, it houses one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater animals. The park is home to 400 plant species and over 6000 animal specimens representing 200 species, of which 40 are threatened.
Animal attractions in the park include river giants and megafishes such as the giant river otter, giant salamander, giant freshwater stingray and the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish, all housed in thematic exhibits representing each river zone. River Safari is also home to a pair of giant pandas that resides in a climate-controlled exhibit along the Yangtze River zone.
Visitors can enjoy an immersive experience into the world of rivers and the wildlife they support, and appreciate the importance of freshwater ecosystem conservation.
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Education and Conservation
River Safari will play an important role in global captive breeding programmes, ensuring the long-term survival of threatened species such as the manatee and the giant river otter. Through captive breeding programmes, the park hopes to contribute to the population of endangered freshwater species. The park is also planning research initiatives, such as a tagging and tracking project for giant freshwater stingrays in Thailand, to contribute to the conservation of endangered animal species in their native habitat.
A dynamic range of interactive in-park activities such as enrichment programmes, interdisciplinary trails and workshops that enliven the learning experience for both teachers and students will soon be available at River Safari. Set within River Safari, these immersive programmes engage the senses and are filled with various hands-on activities to make learning an enthralling journey.
Conceptualisation and Design
The idea of the Amazon Flooded Forest was then developed – a place that would give visitors a breathtaking view of the underwater forest and its wildlife inhabitants. As a result of extensive research and various study trips to aquariums all over the world, the idea grew to include other iconic rivers of the world, and eventually evolved into River Safari, with the inclusion of a boat rides and greater emphasis on river eco-systems and cultures.
The park is designed to recreate the sights and sounds of each river zone from exhibit design to the represented animal collection to help visitors learn about the cultures and wildlife, and to inspire them to contribute to conservation efforts.
The park is designed and developed with utmost concern for the environment, particularly the Mandai Nature Reserve area where it is situated. River Safari brings together the best in zoological architecture and design, with state-of-the-art exhibit artistry and technology. Every exhibit design surpasses standards set by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
As the park is situated by the Seletar Reservoir, one of Singapore’s water catchment areas, architects and engineers had to take care to avoid any potential disruption to water supply. Control measures were put in place to ensure minimal soil erosion and to manage steep terrains.
At the same time, mitigating measures were required to minimise disruption to existing habitats around the area. The welfare of existing inhabitants in the area was of utmost priority. Green corridors for such wild animals were created and maintained.
Part of the many engineering features was the construction of bioswales, which are landscape drainways integrated into urban landscape design. They are designed to collect rainwater runoff from roofs and footpaths. Impurities in the rainwater are removed when it passes through plants and soil. Bioswales provide clean homes for native animals such as frogs, dragonflies and other aquatic animals.
Singapore Zoo - World's Best Rainforest Zoo
For 40 years, Singapore Zoo has been known to have among the most beautiful settings in the world, where animals roam freely in open and natural habitats. Covering 26 hectares, the park is home to over 2,800 animals representing over 300 species.
Singapore Zoo was named Best Leisure Attraction Experience in the 22nd Singapore Tourism Awards in 2008. This accolade is its ninth win since the award category was introduced in 1985.
As Singapore’s premier leisure venue, Singapore Zoo receives over 1.7 million visitors annually. With that, the park will continue to ensure its service quality; product offerings and physical surroundings adhere to world-class standards.
Other not-to-be missed highlights include Fragile Forest and Elephants of Asia, both of which offer educational elements such as interpretive signages and discovery stations. Australian Outback and the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia are other fascinating areas to be discovered where guests are immersed in habitats representing the respective geographical region.
Another significant breakthrough was the opening of the Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre in March 2006. The $3.6 million facility includes a viewing gallery that allows visitors to observe the animal surgery and treatment areas and interactive displays that will educate visitors on the work of zoo vets.