Set to open in the second quarter of 2023, the 17-hectare Bird Paradise will be the first of the new wildlife parks located at Mandai Wildlife Reserve to open to the public. Managed by the Mandai Wildlife Group, Singapore’s new bird park – Bird Paradise – will transport visitors into a colorful world that will be the home to 3,500 birds from over 400 avian species. Designed to encourage discovery at every turn, Bird Paradise will welcome you into immersive and naturalistic mixed-species habitats, where you will explore eight large walk-through aviaries which reflect different biomes of the world such as dense African rainforests, South American wetlands, Southeast Asian paddy fields, Australian dry eucalypt forests, and more.
The new bird park is designed to emphasize environments inspired by different ecologies and habitats, the natural behaviors of birds, and the unique avian adaptions found across species. You will be transported to different parts of the world as they wander and explore the large aviaries which reflect the naturalistic ambiance of distinct regions with geographically-appropriate features, vegetation, and bird species. The habitats will come to life with the songs and natural behaviors of the birds, from taking flight to feeding, nesting, or foraging through the undergrowth.
A key highlight is the Heart of Africa where you will find yourself in the forested valleys of continental Africa. Featuring an elevated canopy experience, visitors will be led into a dense misty forest with meandering forest streams, where they can observe birds displaying their natural behaviors. A stunning recreation of the tranquil bamboo forests and sloping rice terraces of Southeast Asia can be found at Wings of Asia. The landscaping serves more than just an aesthetic function, with the labyrinth of bamboo providing a major food source for the animals living in the habitat. The terraces also create a unique ecosystem for birds like the critically endangered Baer’s Pochard and endangered Milky Stork.
Over at the Penguin Cove, a state-of-the-art indoor habitat will eventually be home to penguins such as the Gentoo Penguin, King Penguin, Humboldt Penguin, and Northern Rockhopper Penguin. It will offer guests a fascinating look into the oceanic life of these birds.
Guided by the knowledge and experience accumulated from operating the 51-year-old Jurong Bird Park, the new Bird Paradise will continue to preserve the incumbent bird park’s heritage and legacy and pay tribute to Singapore’s pioneer wildlife park by retaining iconic features such as the heliconia collection.
Finally, the Bird Park will have a new home featuring 10 zones including eight large walk-through aviaries!
You can also look forward to designated family fun areas at Tree Top Play and Egg Splash for dry and wet play respectively. Treetop Play is inspired by the movement of birds within the tree canopies, while Egg Splash takes inspiration from eggs of waterbirds to create a fun, playful waterscape for children.
Jurong Bird Park is currently on its last flight, A Flight To Remember. Following Jurong Bird Park’s official last day of operations on January 3, 2023, the process of moving the avian residents to Bird Paradise will begin.
With Singapore’s new bird park set to open next year, development work for the rest of the precinct is also well underway. The remaining features are set to open progressively through to 2025.
All photos are courtesy of Mandai Wildlife Group.
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