JURONG BIRD PARK CELEBRATES 45 YEARS OF LIVING COLOURS

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Asia’s largest bird paradise kick-starts 45th anniversary celebration with special edition of High Flyers Show, one-day admission discount for local residents and treats for early birds

JBP45 - 2000-strong crowd during birthday edition of High Flyers Show with flamingos, pelicans & macaws

Image 1: As part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration, guests were treated to a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show that culminated in a grand finale of colours and excitement with dramatic fly-bys of swooping macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos prancing around a large ‘45’ display.

 

SINGAPORE, 3 January 2016Jurong Bird Park, Asia’s largest bird paradise, celebrated its 45th anniversary today with a one-day 45% admission discount for local residents, F&B and retail specials, and exclusive birthday goodie bag giveaways for 45 early birds.

To mark the occasion, guests enjoyed a special edition of the park’s popular High Flyers Show which included free-flying performances that showcase the natural talents, beauty and intelligence of close to 100 birds from all over the world. Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song, while Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled guests with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience.

As part of the anniversary edition of the High Flyers Show, the park’s pioneer show birds – Big John the cockatoo and Rod Stewart the Egyptian vulture – returned to the stage and relived their days as feathered stars. Both were part of the first flock when the park launched its shows in 1982.
The High Flyers Show culminated in a grand finale of colours and excitement with dramatic fly-bys of swooping macaws and a flamboyance of flamingos prancing around a large ‘45’ display.

Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s first bird park, and one of the first few dedicated bird parks globally. The park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. It was conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee who was the architect behind the development of Jurong town. Dr Goh saw value in creating a bird park for Singaporeans and their families to appreciate nature and wildlife in an increasingly urbanised city. Interestingly, it was said that Dr Goh, as a true economist, decided to build a bird park instead of a zoo in the early years of Singapore’s nation building because bird feed costs much less than meat for lions and tigers.

Today, the park is not just a space for Singaporeans to enjoy nature, it has also transformed into an internationally renowned attraction, attracting approximately 800,000 visitors annually.

Situated on a 20.2-hectare hillside, the award-winning park is a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species of which 15% are threatened. The bird park is famed for its large and immersive walk-in aviaries such as Lory Loft, the world’s largest walk-in lory flight aviary, and Waterfall Aviary which is home to the world’s tallest waterfall inside an aviary. Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary played host to several notable dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who left impressed by the park’s amazing avian
collection.

Over the years, Jurong Bird Park has established itself as the region’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. It has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo and hyacinth macaw. The park collaborates with wildlife institutions and government agencies within and outside of Singapore to re-introduce indigenous species back into the wild, such as the
oriental pied hornbill and the critically endangered Bali mynah. Jurong Bird Park is the only park with an avian hospital in the Asia Pacific region, dedicated to providing the best veterinary care for birds.

The festivities on 3 January is part of a series of year-long celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. Guests can look forward to interactive June holiday activities that create opportunities for multi-generational bonding while learning about the avian world, as well as public outreach programmes to raise conservation awareness on threatened avian wildlife. More details will be announced at a later date.

More information is available at www.birdpark.com.sg

JBP45 - Amigo the yellow-naped Amazon parrot sings Happy Birthday

Image 2: Amigo, a yellow-naped Amazon and the only bird in the world that sings in three languages, wowed guests with a birthday song as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird paradise and Singapore’s first wildlife attraction that is home to 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species.

JBP45 - Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo delivers a birthday card to a guest

Image 3: Sassy the sulphur-crested cockatoo thrilled audiences with a birthday card delivery to a member of the audience as part of Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary celebration. Opened on 3 Jan 1971, the park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows.

 

HIGH FLYING JURONG BIRD PARK TURNS 45 ON 3 JANUARY 2016

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To celebrate its birthday on 3 January, Jurong Bird Park offers Singapore residents 45% off admission, special edition of breathtaking High Flyers Show, retail and F&B specials;
First 45 guests walk away with an exclusive goodie bag

Jurong Bird Park, which turns 45 on 3 January 2016, invites guests to join in the celebrations with 45% off park admission for Singapore residents, a birthday edition of the High Flyers Show, as well as retail and F&B specials. The first 45 guests to visit the park on its birthday will receive an exclusive hamper. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE.

 

SINGAPORE, 17 December 2015Jurong Bird Park, Singapore’s first wildlife attraction, turns 45 on 3 January 2016, and the park is inviting everyone to flock over to join in the festivities.

Singapore residents who visit the park on its birthday (3 January, Sunday) will enjoy 45% off admission at Asia’s largest bird paradise. In addition, the first 45 guests will walk away with a goodie bag containing exclusive merchandise worth S$80.

For one day only, guests will get to enjoy a birthday edition of the popular High Flyers Show at 11am and 3pm, which promises a spectacular showcase of living colours in the avian world. Some pioneer show birds will take a day off their comfortable retirement to re-live their days as feathered stars and make special appearances.

Opened on 3 Jan 1971, Jurong Bird Park aims to enhance guests’ understanding and appreciation of the colourful avian world through naturalistic exhibits, interactive feeding sessions and world-class bird shows. Situated on a 20.2-hectare hillside, the award-winning park is a haven for 5,000 birds representing 400 of the world’s bird species. As the oldest wildlife park in Singapore, it is an excellent model of success, spearheading avian conservation and education infused with recreation fun for both young and old, locals and tourists.

Over the years, the bird park has made significant strides towards establishing itself as theregion’s leading institution for the conservation of avian biodiversity. In the area of ex-situ conservation, it has a Breeding and Research Centre dedicated to the breeding and promulgation of birdlife, and has won several accolades for its breeding programmes. Committed towards conservation, Jurong Bird Park has successfully bred threatened species such as the Bali mynah, blue-throated macaw and other significant species such as the black palm cockatoo, hyacinth macaw and red-fronted macaw.

Guests heading to the park on 3 January will also enjoy retail and F&B deals, including 45% off their choice of kids’ meal at Bongo Burgers restaurant with any purchase of a regular set meal.

The festivities on 3 January will kick off a series of celebratory events for Jurong Bird Park’s 45th anniversary. More details will be announced at a later date.

More information is available at www.birdpark.com.sg

NINE IN 10 STARS OF NEWLY LAUNCHED HIGH FLYERS SHOW HATCHED AND RAISED IN JURONG BIRD PARK

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Singapore, 2 January 2013 – The breeding programme at Jurong Bird Park has been such a success that at least 95% of all the birds in the new High Flyers Show are hatched and raised in the Park.

“We are very proud of our breeding successes and having no lack of ‘local’ talent in the new Show. We feel like proud parents when we see these birds which we have hand raised from young showcasing their abilities to our guests from all over the world, and in doing so, inculcate in them an appreciation of conservation and avian life,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park.

The first show in Jurong Bird Park began 30 years ago, and was helmed by birds like Big John and Sammy the cockatoos, Rod Stewart the Egyptian vulture and Harry the hornbill. At that time, 30% of the birds in the Show were home-grown, with the rest acquired via exchanges with other institutions. The establishment of the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC) six years after the first show greatly boosted the Park’s avian numbers. On average, more than 300 chicks annually have successfully hatched at the BRC over the past 24 years.

“Whenever possible, we leave the eggs to the parents to incubate and raise, but in certain instances where the parent had a history of breaking their own eggs, or are young parents, is when we step in and bring the eggs to the BRC for hand-rearing. Eventually, some of these birds are used in the Show.” continued Mr Raja Segran.

Three birds from the Show did not hatch in Bird Park, but one of them came to be part of the Show through an interesting twist of events. When the BRC underwent renovation in 2011, workers found three barn owls residing in the darkest corner of the roof of the BRC. They hatched under the BRC’s roof, and their parents took off during the construction period. Keepers took the barn owl chicks under their wing and cared for them until they were ready to fledge. One of the chicks is affectionately named Mystic, and it will show off its prowess as a silent hunter of the night as it swoops to bring down a prey. The other two birds which did not hatch in Bird Park are Amigo and Quincy, both yellow-naped Amazons which are renowned for their ability at mimicry.

Be sure to make a date with ‘local’ talent of the feathered variety at the High Flyers show which happens twice daily, at 11.00am and 3.00pm at the Pools Amphitheatre in Jurong Bird Park. Normal admission applies to Jurong Bird Park (Adults $20; Child $13), but there is no fee required to watch the High Flyers Show.

Mystic, the barn owl which became part of the High Flyers Show after it was found abandoned in the Breeding & Research Centre’s roof

Mystic, the barn owl which became part of the High Flyers Show after it was found abandoned
in the Breeding & Research Centre’s roof

High Flyers Show’s finale, with more than 100 birds on stage.

High Flyers Show’s finale, with more than 100 birds on stage.

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR TAKE CENTRESTAGE AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER

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Vicky, a great pied hornbill, flies to a Show Presenter in the High Flyers Show

Singapore, 31 October 2012 – Shows have been synonymous with Jurong Bird Park for 30 years. This December holidays, the Birds n Buddies Show will make way for the conservation-driven High Flyers Show. In line with the new show, guests visiting the Bird Park this December will experience
glitz and glamour the moment they arrive at the Park.

From the Palm Plaza to the ticketing entrance, guests will enter a world where colour lives, resplendent with colourful macaws and golden hoops centered around showbiz. Next stop – the Penguin Coast walkway, which transforms into a Walk of Fame! One photo wall will be lined with photographs of Shows dating back 30 years, and the other will showcase bird stars from the High Flyers Show. To satisfy the need for posing with flair, a giant photography backdrop with props awaits at Penguin Coast for guests to feel like stars. During weekends at 1.45pm, head back to Penguin Coast where all-time bird stars will make a special guest appearance at the Walk of Fame. Guests will hear more about their stories of stardom from the presenter, and have a chance to take a photograph with the bird stars.

More photography opportunities abound – A flock of young flamingos are eager to have their minutes of fame! Happening daily after the High Flyers Show, for 15 minutes at 11.45am and 3.45pm, guests can mingle with them and have an exclusive photograph taken with them after the new High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre.

An exclusive segment with a great photographic opportunity has been added to the weekend Penguin Feeding sessions. As guests learn more about these tuxedoed creatures, one lucky child who can answer a simple question will be invited to try his / her hand at feeding the African penguins in this up-close opportunity.

After seeing and taking pictures with so many feathered stars, it is also time to ponder – what makes a star? Held over the December weekends at 10.30am and 11.45am at the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC), A Star is Born is a programme for children between the ages of 6-12. Here, they will find out why birds are talented and gifted with abilities to sing, dance and draw from our avian experts!

After a day out at Bird Park, hang out at Terrace Kiosk right next to the Pool’s Amphitheatre for some yummy treats! Available all day throughout December, these cool treats and snacks are available at special combo prices starting from $7.90 for a hot dog set with fries and a drink. While at the Bird Park, do grab some specially priced retail merchandise at Wings, Feathers and Lory Loft while stocks last, like the motif mug at $22.90 which comes with a choice of either a free flamingo or penguin plush worth $15.90.

December will be a star-studded one out west at Jurong Bird Park, so make tracks here soon! There is no extra charge for the activities, but normal admission rates of $18 (adult) and $12 (child) apply.

An Avian Keeper feeds the African penguins during the Penguin Feeding session.

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