On the eve of Christmas, the Husband and I decided to make a trip to the Jurong Bird Park to complete our final stop for the ParkHopper Plus tickets that we bought.
It has been ages since I last went to the Jurong Bird Park. Truth is, I can’t even remember when was the last time I visited and with who. My only memories of Jurong Bird Park are penguins and flamingos. Those are the two that stood out to me out of the hundreds of species in the park.
I can’t recall what time we reached, but I believe it was probably sometime around noon. Because our ParkHopper Plus tickets have a validity of 7 days, we have to either visit it on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In the end, I decided to go on Christmas Eve so that we can spend our Christmas at somewhere else instead.
Upon entering the park, the first place we went to was Feathers, the gift shop located right next to the entrance.
Coming out, we turned right to Penguin Coast.
Just like how I visited the River Safari for the giant pandas and red pandas, the sole reason for my visit to the Jurong Bird Park was to see the penguins and flamingo. We previously saw flamingo during our visit to the Night Safari and while we were on the Amazon Quest River ride at River Safari. I don’t think we saw any penguins, but I’m sure they are available at the zoo.
The Jurong Bird Park is an excellent place to view the penguins since they have a vast section allocated just for the penguins. Home to nearly a hundred penguins, across five species, the exhibit also includes an outdoor enclosure for the endangered African penguins.
The exterior is shaped to resemble a gigantic ship.
Coming out from the indoor gallery, we went to the outdoor exhibit to take a look at the African penguins.
I always thought penguins love the cold and never thought they could make homes in a hot climate like Singapore.
It happened we were there when they were doing the photo-taking session, so we decided to join in the queue and take pictures with these two macaw mascots.
There are two spots to view the flamingo; the first one is at the Flamingo Pool (right behind the Penguin Coast) and the second one is further in at the Flamingo Lake. I personally think that those at the Flamingo Pool looks nicer as the colour of the flamingo is in a lovely peachy shade.
Birdz of Play
This looks like a lot of fun!
Moving further in and up of the park, we arrived at the Pelican Cove. It was around 13:30 when we reached, and we decided to stay till 14:00 for the Pelican Chit-chat programme.
They were standing so close to the edge, and from far, they really look like statues. But I can assure you they are real.
Managed to see a couple more species, before we arrived at Lory Loft.
We initially wanted to take a rest and have our lunch at Lory Loft Cafe. But the menu didn’t appeal to us, so we decided to head back to the entrance to have lunch at one of the cafe there instead.
Inside Lory Loft is an indoor aviary that houses more than ten species of gloriously-coloured lories and lorikeets. Visitors are able to hand-feed the lories with a special mixture of imported lory dry mix, honey and water.
Finally made our way back to the entrance, we decided to settle our lunch at Hawk Cafe.
Food was alright I guess.
After lunch, we took the tram ride over to Parrot Paradise. I believed it was one of the newer attraction that opened in November?
Home to the largest collection of parrots in Asia, the exhibit showcase some of the world’s most unique parrots, including the rare blue macaws.
Our last stop for the day was Waterfall Aviary.
Aside from the waterfall, there wasn’t really much to see here.
We did, however, came across this beautiful species known as the turaco. The colour of their feathers is in a distinctive shade of metallic green and blue.
And that was the end of our trip to the Jurong Bird Park! Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to catch any of the shows while we were there. There were two main shows available:
High Flyers Show (at Pools Amphitheatre)
Daily: 11:00 and 15:00
Kings of the Skies (at Hawk Arena)
Daily: 10:00 and 16:00
Overall, it was quite an experience going to all the four parks within a week. I still find it hard to believe that the Husband was game for it and didn’t object to the idea. We certainly had quite a bit of fun, and I think going to the parks is a nice change from our usual shopping trip.