St Petersburg Ballet meets feathered friends at Asia’s largest bird paradise
SINGAPORE, 28 May 2015 – Jurong Bird Park witnessed a harmony of feathered wonders today, as members of the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet flocked to the park ahead of their Swan Lake performance in Singapore. Decked out in white tutus and feathered headbands, the four ballerinas hand-fed colourful lories and lorikeets, and preened alongside a flamboyance of flamingos, wowing visitors in the park.
INDULGE IN A DELICIOUS NEW LUNCH BUFFET IN COMPANY OF PARROTS.
Singapore, 15 April 2011 – Lunchtime visitors to the Jurong Bird Park, the world’s largest bird paradise, can now delight in rich cuisine in some highly unusual winged company at the park’s Songbird Terrace every day. From 12-2pm daily, dine-in customers at the restaurant can catch the highly-interactive Parrot Show while feasting on an all new lunch buffet.
From wok-fried butter prawns to chocolate and strawberry roulade, the lunch buffet offers a variety of local cuisine including dishes such as Singapore Laksa and Oriental Beancurd with Mixed Vegetable. Visitors with a sweet tooth will enjoy the ice cream and the tropical fruit platter after the mains. Coffee and tea are served with the buffet, but the Singapore Sling or local draught beer will be charged separately. The buffet, specially prepared by The Lodge’s kitchen, costs $19+ per adult, and $15+ per
child between the ages of 6 and 12. No pork or lard is served at this buffet.
“The idea is to bring together the best of both worlds – food and entertainment. We then decided to move the Parrot Show from the Pools Amphitheatre to the Songbird Terrace so that visitors can have a leisurely lunch while enjoying the lovable antics of our parrots and macaws,” said Ms Agnes Toh, Assistant Director, F&B, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “With an extended stage that overlooks the Flamingo Lake, the Songbird Terrace provides a natural and stunning backdrop for photography. The new layout also creates a fun-filled setting for visitors to see the birds up close.”
Lunch with Parrots features resident birds such as sulphur-crested cockatoos, a yellow-headed Amazon parrot, a scarlet macaw, and a yellow-naped Amazon parrot, which can sing a birthday song for visitors.
Singapore, 22 June 2010 – The Jurong Bird Park remains vigilant in their approach towards H5N1, by conducting annual avian flu (H5N2) vaccinations for the 600 species of birds in their collection. Flamingo Lake exhibit consists of 2 flamingo species, lesser and greater flamingos. Both native to Africa, the lesser flamingos number about 350 while the greater flamingos number about 250.
About 15 people (including 3 vets) were involved in this vaccination procedure for both flamingo species, which took the whole day.
Vaccinating the birds with the H5N2 vaccine increases the birds’ immune system by creating antibodies. With the increase in the immune system, there might be a decrease in mortality when faced with H5N1. Another line of defense against H5N1 lies in the presence of sentinel chickens in the exhibits. Sentinel chickens have no immunity and will fall sick very easily when faced with a disease. They are the first alert in the event of any plausible infection. The blood and faeces of these sentinel chickens are tested monthly for avian influenza.
The Bird Park also organizes annual bird flu drills, which simulate an actual outbreak as preparedness is key.