Singapore's first wildlife park turns 50 and plans a celebration with the nation

28 Dec 2020
First opened in 1971, Asia’s largest bird park, Jurong Bird Park celebrates a milestone on 3 January. Its golden jubilee will be marked by a year-long celebration with events and activities commemorating five decades of avian conservation and connecting people with the colourful world of birds.  

Mohd Saad bin Yahya, Assistant Manager of Animal Presentations and long time staff of Jurong Bird Park, with Sunny the hornbill at Pools Amphitheatre. 50 years on, Jurong Bird Park continues to connect people with nature and stays at the forefront of avian conservation and education. 

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First opened in 1971, Asia’s largest bird park, Jurong Bird Park celebrates a milestone on 3 January. Its golden jubilee will be marked by a year-long celebration with events and activities commemorating five decades of avian conservation and connecting people with the colourful world of birds.  

 

The festivities take off with a throwback to 1971. From 1 to 31 January 2021, Jurong Bird Park will adopt its original 1971 admission price of $2.50 for all local residents. Admission tickets are only available online at www.birdpark.com.sg/jbp50. Pre-booking is mandatory to facilitate proactive crowd management and safe distancing amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Additional nominal charges apply via contactless payments onsite for gated aviaries and shows.

 

Through its fifty years, Jurong Bird Park has welcomed 30 million Singaporean and international visitors and to celebrate the many picture-perfect moments shared in the park, an egg-shaped portal “Memories of Jurong Bird Park” will be launched to the public.  Photos taken in Jurong Bird Park can be uploaded on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JBP50 to form a community of memories which will be featured in the portal.  

You can also witness the evolution and progress of Jurong Bird Park from her early days of operations, appreciate the sights and sounds of the park in the present day, and catch a glimpse of what the future holds in Mandai at the lenticular Past-Present-Future photo points that change depending on the angle they are viewed. Learn about the park’s storied history and snap a photo of the treasured historic moments such as the park’s early days of operations and Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the Waterfall Aviary in 1972.

Jurong Bird Park’s flamingos are among the park’s most well-loved and iconic residents. Guests can now symbolically foster them with a contribution of $50 through the Foster a Flamingo programme. Each contribution comes with an e-certificate and voucher for a flamingo key ring. All contributions will go towards the care of the animals, research, and education programmes across Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s parks and support conservation projects to protect threatened species in Singapore and the region.

Come January, visitors can also enjoy special editions of Jurong Bird Park’s shows, with appearances from some of the park’s pioneer birds including Big John the sulphur crested cockatoo at the High Flyers Show. Big John was already a fully grown adult when he first joined the park from the first day of opening, making him well over 50 years old and the park’s oldest cockatoo.

Memorialise your High Flyers Show experience by bringing home a limited-edition figurine depicting an animal presenter with a scarlet macaw. The figurine was made in collaboration with Precious Moments to commemorate the park’s 50th anniversary.

The activities in January are part of a series of year-long celebratory events for the parks 50th anniversary. Guests can look forward to a line-up of activities including the park’s very first digital trail in March among other activities and outreach programmes. More details will be announced at a later date. 

Old advertisement of Jurong Bird Park indicating its $2.50 admission price when it first opened in 1971. Today, the First Price Promotion will kick off the first of the jubilee celebrations. Jurong Bird Park will adopt its original 1971 $2.50 admission price for all local residents from 1 to 31 January 2021. Admission tickets are available online only at www.birdpark.com.sg/jbp50.

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Step into the egg-shaped portal “Memories of Jurong Bird Park” and look back at the park’s greatest moments. Submit your own Jurong Bird Park memories with #JBP50 on social media for a chance to be featured in the portal.

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Witness how Jurong Bird Park has evolved and catch a glimpse of what the future holds at The Past-Present-Future Photo Points that change depending on the angle they are viewed. 

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Jurong Bird Park’s oldest cockatoo, Big John, is older than the park itself as he was already an adult when the park first opened in 1971. The pioneer bird will make special appearances at the JBP50 edition of the High Flyers Show. 

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Jurong Bird Park collaborated with Precious Moments to create a commemorative limited edition figurine depicting an animal presenter showcasing a scarlet macaw, alluding to the park’s iconic High Flyers Show, available for purchase at the Feather Shop from 1 to 31 January. 

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A flock of Caribbean flamingos at Jurong Bird Park’s Flamingo Pool. Guests will have the opportunity to symbolically foster the species through its Foster a Flamingo programme with a contribution of $50, contributing to Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s animal care and conservation efforts.  

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ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

For more information on our activities, please visit: www.birdpark.com.sg/jbp50

Promotion

 

Details

 

First Price Promotion

To celebrate 50 years of flying high, Jurong Bird Park will be doing a throwback of her admission price, back to the original 1971 price of $2.50 for all local residents.

 

Additional $2.50 charges apply to gated aviaries and shows, payable on-site through cashless payments such as credit cards and EZ-link cards.

 

Gated areas include:

1.     Indoor Penguin Coast

2.     Lory Loft

3.     African Treetops

4.     Waterfall Aviary

5.     Parrot Paradise

6.     Pools Amphitheatre (High Flyers Show)

7.     Hawk Arena (Kings of the Skies Show)

 

Promotion validity period:  1 – 31 January 2021

 

*Admission tickets sold online only. Other terms and conditions apply. Please refer to www.birdpark.com.sg/jbp50 for more information.

Activities

 

Details

 

JBP50 Special Edition Shows

Meet some of our pioneer bird stars as they make special appearances at both of Jurong Bird Park’s world class shows.

Venue: Pools Amphiteatre (High Flyers Show) & Hawk Arena (Kings of the Skies Show)

 

Date:  Daily

 

Timing:

High Flyers Show – 11.00am & 3.00pm

Kings of the Skies Show – 10.00am & 4.00pm

 

Past-Present-Future Photo Points

Discover the origins of Jurong Bird Park, see how we’ve progressed today and get a glimpse into our future home at Mandai through photo points around the park.

Venue: Around the Park

 

Date:  Daily

 

Timing: 8.30am – 6.00pm

 

Memories of Jurong Bird Park

Step into our egg-shaped portal as we take you on a trip down memory lane. See and listen to significant points of the park’s 50-year history. Guests are also encouraged to submit their memories through Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #JBP50 for their memories to be featured!

 

Venue: Penguin Coast

 

Date: Daily

 

Timing: 8.30am – 6.00pm

 

Foster a Flamingo

Flamingos are among Jurong Bird Park’s most iconic and well-loved species known for their graceful stature and striking colours.

 

You can now foster a flamingo at $50 to pledge your support for WRS’ animal care and conservation efforts. Contributions will come with an adoption e-certificate and voucher to redeem a flamingo key ring.

 

 

More details at www.birdpark.com.sg/jbp50

Park Promotions

Details

Jurong Bird Park x Precious Moments Commemorative Figurine

Bring home a limited edition Precious Moments figurine featuring the Jurong Bird Park’s animal presenter and her beloved macaw for $69. While stocks last, limited quantity available.

 

The first 50 shoppers can enjoy a special rate of $50 for this exclusive figurine on our birthday (3 January).

Venue: Feathers Shop

 

Date: Available from 3 January 2021, until stocks last.

 

 

First Price Dim Sum Delights

Specially for the month of January, guests can enjoy delectable dim sum at a special rate of $2.50 per dish.

Venue: Flamingo Lodge

 

Date: 1 – 31 January 2021 (weekends & public holidays only)

 

Timing:

11.00am – 2.30pm (last seating at 2.00pm)