A world famous park that home to about 3,500 birds, including parrots, flamingos, penguins and eagles, will indeed close in a few months. But its inhabitants, like the staff, will not go anywhere. Jurong will join the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari Park, as well as the new luxurious Banyan Tree resort. As a result, an ecotourism center will be formed in the north of Singapore.
The last day of the Jurong Bird Park in its current location will be January 3, 2023 — exactly 52 years after opening in 1971. The Mandai Wildlife Reserve is also scheduled to open in 2023.
Mandai Park's current employees have been here since its early days.
Built at a cost of $2.5 million, the park covers an area of 20.2 hectares annually attracts about 850,000 tourists who flock from all over the world to see its famous aviary with a waterfall, bird shows and other unique exhibits. According to Singapore Tourism, it is the largest bird park in Asia and one of the largest on the planet.
Since its opening in 1971, when there were only 1,000 birds representing 60 species, the capacity of the bird park has expanded significantly , and today more than 400 species of birds live comfortably in it.
The park will continue to operate as normal until the scheduled closure in January. In the remaining months, the staff organizes a series of events, tours and hiking trails celebrating the history of Jurong Bird Park.