Jurong Bird Park: Key Steps to Singapore’s Iconic Attraction
SINGAPORE: Remember that school trip or family trip to Jurong Bird Park?
Since opening in 1971, Asia’s largest bird park has welcomed more than 40 million visitors. It is home to 3,500 birds of 400 species.
More than 50 years later, the iconic attraction is prepares to close on January 3, 2023before moving to Mandai.
Here is an overview of the key stages of Jurong Bird Park.
Opening of Jurong Bird Park
Built at a cost of S$3.5 million, Jurong Bird Park officially opened on January 3, 1971.
This was before Singapore Zoo opened in 1973.
The idea for a bird park came from the late Dr. Goh Keng Swee, who was then Minister of Finance, after visiting an aviary in Rio De Janeiro in 1968. He felt that having a bird park in Singapore would give Singaporeans get an opportunity to connect with nature at a time of rapid urbanization in the country.
“It was also reported that when asked why not build a zoo instead, Dr Goh replied that ‘bird seed is cheaper than meat,'” the Mandai Wildlife Group said. Tuesday, August 30 when Jurong Bird Park’s closing date was announced.
When the park opened in 1971, it had 78 exhibition aviaries, a nursery breeding area as well as a tram system.
The centerpiece was the Jurong Falls Aviary, now known as the Waterfall Aviary. It is home to one of the tallest man-made indoor waterfalls in the world, with a height of 30m.