ICONIC WATERFALL AVIARY AT JURONG BIRD PARK RE-LAUNCHED

– Aviary, home to world’s first man-made waterfall, teems with avian life with more than 600 birds from over 50 species.

The Livingston's turaco, a colourful bird with a funky mohawk, is one of more than 600 birds which can be found at the Waterfall Aviary in Jurong Bird Park which was re-launched on 23 January 2014
The Livingston’s turaco, a colourful bird with a funky mohawk, is one of more than 600 birds which can be found at the Waterfall Aviary in Jurong Bird Park which was re-launched on 23 January 2014

Singapore, 23 January 2013Waterfall Aviary at Jurong Bird Park, home to the world’s first man-made waterfall, was re-launched today in a ceremony officiated by Mr Desmond Lee Ti-Seng, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development.

Since the 1970s, visitors to Jurong Bird Park have enjoyed the immersive experience of marvelling at birds that fly freely in the Waterfall Aviary – one of the world’s largest walk-in aviaries. The waterfall inside Waterfall Aviary, which stands at 30 metres, was a marvel to throngs of visitors because it was the world’s first and tallest man-made waterfall. Today, it is still the tallest waterfall inside an aviary.

The 30m tall waterfall in Waterfall Aviary is the world's tallest man-made waterfall in a walk-in aviary. A picturesque spot for many Singaporeans since it was unveiled on 3 January 1971, the Waterfall Aviary was relaunched on 23 January 2014
The 30m tall waterfall in Waterfall Aviary is the world’s tallest man-made waterfall in a walk-in aviary. A picturesque spot for many Singaporeans since it was unveiled on 3 January 1971, the Waterfall Aviary was relaunched on 23 January 2014

Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary played host to several notable dignitaries, namely Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and Mr Li Rui Huan, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee from the Republic of China, and they left impressed by the amazing avian collection found within.

In 1972, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary a year after they were launched, and left very impressed by the avian collection and the exhibit
In 1972, Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited Jurong Bird Park and Waterfall Aviary a year after they were launched, and left very impressed by the avian collection and the exhibit

“Waterfall Aviary is a place that holds fond memories for many visitors who now have children and grandchildren of their own,” said Mr Lee Meng Tat, CEO, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. “With the re-launch of Waterfall Aviary today, we invite these parents and grandparents to take their children here to bond and relive those wonderful times.”

To galvanise families to visit the Bird Park, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) has been working closely with People’s Association (PA) to bring Jurong Bird Park’s wildlife closer to the grassroots. A series of customised packages, which cater to the travel patterns and F&B preferences of residents in the heartlands, will be rolled out. After Jurong Bird Park, WRS will follow up with more enticing packages to WRS parks in the near future.

At the re-launch this morning, Mr Desmond Lee Ti-Seng, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development released some endangered sun conures into the two hectare aviary, bringing the total number of birds there to more than 600.

The world’s largest walk-in aviary houses more than 50 species of birds, including the endangered sun conures, the vulnerable common crowned pigeons, pied imperial pigeons, and Von der Decken’s hornbills. Visitors will get a chance to get see them, as well as other resident birds like the starlings, rollers, guineafowls and parrots, up close during the twice daily keeper-led feeding sessions at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Sun conures are an endangered species, and they are part of the extensive collection of more than 600 birds which can be found at the Waterfall Aviary in Jurong Bird Park. The exhibit was re-launched on 23 January 2014
Sun conures are an endangered species, and they are part of the extensive collection of more than 600 birds which can be found at the Waterfall Aviary in Jurong Bird Park. The exhibit was re-launched on 23 January 2014

Together with the re-launch, the Waterfall Aviary Terrace was also developed as an event venue in order to provide corporate guests with an alternative to run-of-the-mill event settings. Set in a lush, avian sanctuary, the Waterfall Aviary Terrace is ideal for team-buildings, retreats and cocktail receptions.

The Waterfall Aviary is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily. For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg.

LEMURS GET FESTIVE AT THE SINGAPORE ZOO

Singapore, 23 December 2010 – Animals at the Fragile Forest at the Singapore Zoo enjoyed a touch of festivity during their environment enrichment session yesterday. Resident lemurs, the ring-tailed lemur and black and white ruffed lemur, which are native primates of Madagascar, had early Christmas treats as keepers distributed raisins, sunflower seeds and fruit in colourfully-wrapped presents, crackers and stockings.

Environmental enrichment provides animals with the required mental and physical stimulation, e.g. opportunities for problem solving through natural behaviour, to minimise stress associated with living in a captive environment. This reduces the occurrence of repetitive and destructive behaviour, and encourages an increased level of wellbeing.

Animals at the zoo receive a minimum three sessions of enrichment each week.

The popular Fragile Forest exhibit features a rainforest and mangrove environment, and is also home to animals such as mousedeer, two-toed sloths, fruit bats, butterflies and a variety of birds such as crowned pigeons, red lories, eclectus parrots and red-shouldered macaws.

All Cracker-ed up: Christmas arrives early for Boey, a black and white ruffed lemur from Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest, as it inspects a Christmas cracker filled with chopped bananas, grapes, watermelon and papaya during an animal enrichment session.
Pass the carrot (nose): A ring-tailed lemur residing in Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest inspects the edible nose of its new friend, a snowman. The snowman was constructed as part of an animal enrichment session conducted for the lemurs. (The lemur subsequently chomped on the carrot!) These sessions aim to simulate environments for wildlife living in zoos and wildlife parks to display their natural instinct and enhance their well-bring.
Leaf the present opening to me: Two young ring-tailed lemurs at Singapore Zoo’s Fragile Forest gleefully take apart a present filled with chopped fruit, raisins, sunflower seeds and leaves during an animal enrichment session. The Christmas package encourages the lemurs to use their natural instincts to obtain the treats inside, honing their motor and sensory skills.