Many flocked to pay one last visit to the Jurong Bird Park of their childhood just before it closed its doors on its 52nd birthday on 3 January 2023. But lo and behold, the winged residents of Jurong Bird Park have not only received a spanking new space at Bird Paradise, the new park comes with better-equipped aviaries for the birdies and refreshed food offerings for visitors – all coming together to bring an enhanced experienced for visitors far and wide. 

With its many offerings at this newly opened tourist attraction in Singapore, you may be at a crossroads on where to start. So, let us take you through how to spend a day at the newly-opened Bird Paradise, with plenty to see, do, and eat. 

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From the Heart of Africa, where you'll encounter captivating African bird species like the African Grey Parrot, exhibiting their natural behaviours, to the Penguin Cove, where you can feast your eyes on waddling penguins, Bird Paradise is a must-visit tourist attraction in Singapore.

1. Morning Exploration: Stroll through the aviaries

As the sun rises over the Mandai area where Bird Paradise is now located, visitors can embark on a captivating journey through the various aviaries, each offering a unique glimpse into the world of beautiful and colourful birds.

A. Wings of Asia Exhibit

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Step into Wings of Asia, where you'll encounter more than 30 captivating avian species from the vast Asian continent.

Looking for places to go with the kids? The Wings of Asia exhibit transports visitors to the enchanting Asian region, home to magnificent bird species. Enclosed aviaries meticulously mimic the natural habitats of these birds, creating an immersive experience. Bird enthusiasts and photographers with their cameras will find abundant opportunities to observe and capture these avian wonders in action. 

Within this exhibit, visitors can wander through replicas of bamboo groves and serene rice terraces, enjoying a glimpse of the Asian landscape. One of the highlights here is the opportunity to come face-to-face with the black-faced spoonbill, one of the rarest spoonbill species, and the Baer's pochard, one of the world's most endangered ducks.

B. Crimson Wetlands

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Flamingo pool, you say? Indulge your senses in the mesmerising display of vibrant crimson shades as you encounter some of the planet's most brilliantly coloured avian wonders at the Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands.

Love exploring nature trails in Singapore? The Crimson Wetlands exhibit offers a tranquil and natural wetland environment where visitors can marvel at the diverse bird species that call it home. It transports you to the enchanting coastal wetland havens of Latin America, mirroring the natural habitats cherished by scarlet ibises, roseate spoonbills, and American flamingos. The cascading water feature, the tallest waterfall at Bird Paradise, is a sight to behold. 

Pro-tip: For a refreshing experience, walk through the sheltered walkway that cuts into a cave-like area, which provides a cool breeze and occasional sprinkles from the waterfall. Do not forget to keep an eye out for the vibrantly coloured flamingos, which make for picture-worthy moments on your phones.

C. Lory Loft

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Where to spot more variety of birds? The Lory Loft offers a vibrant rebirth for the iconic attraction that was once in Jurong Bird Park.

For those who appreciate the vibrant hues and playful antics of Lories and Lorikeets, the Lory Loft is a must-visit. Here, colourful parrot species thrive, filling the air with a symphony of diverse chirps and calls. It's an auditory and visual delight for visitors of all ages.

2. Midday Break: Catch special shows at the Sky Amphitheatre

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Forget birds in cages. After a morning of exploration, rest your weary feet by indulging in entertaining yet enriching animal presentations at the Sky Amphitheatre.

A. Predators on Wings Show

The "Predators on Wings" show offers a fascinating look at some of the world's most famed winged predators. This animal presentation seeks to dispel common misconceptions about these birds merely being fierce and formidable creatures, highlighting their crucial role in ecosystems while being unrivalled champions of the skies. Showtimes are available on both weekdays and weekends, providing flexibility for visitors.

B. Wings of the World Show

The "Wings of the World" show takes audiences on a virtual flight around the globe through the stories of winged beings of varying sizes. In this animal presentation, you'll witness a delightful parrot showdown, where these feathered maestros vie for the title of speed, agility, and showmanship champion. Keep a keen eye on Gaia, the endangered hyacinth macaw, and the inseparable duo, Sunny and Vicky, the great pied hornbills, as they gracefully soar in their natural habitat.

Amigo, the remarkable yellow-naped Amazon Parrot, will dazzle you with his exceptional mimicry skills, serenading in not one but three languages. Fancy a hands-on experience? Raise your hand, and you might find yourself holding a knotted rope adorned with treats for our adorable sun conures, the pint-sized parrot darlings.

But the grand finale is where the magic truly unfolds—a breathtaking spectacle of one of the world's most colossal bird flocks takes centre stage. Brace yourself for an aerial symphony of colours, sounds, and boundless energy, etching an unforgettable memory in your heart.

The “Wings of the World” presentation is no doubt an educational and awe-inspiring experience that showcases the diversity of bird species worldwide.

C. Fuel Up at the Central Plaza's Food Central

After the shows, visitors can refuel at the Central Plaza's Food Central, conveniently located at the heart of the park. The plaza offers a wide variety of culinary delights, from local favourites like Hainanese Chicken Rice to Western cuisine, ensuring that there's something to satisfy every palate.

3. Afternoon Hideout: Ocean Network Express — Penguin Cove

Escape the afternoon heat by visiting the Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove, the park's only sheltered exhibit.

A. Penguin Cove

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In addition to the regal King Penguin and lively Gentoo penguin, Penguin Cove serves as the dwelling place for the spirited Northern Rockhopper penguins, famed for their unique hopping prowess and spirited demeanour.

Here, visitors can cool off while exploring the icy landscapes and aquatic habitats of flightless birds. Penguin feeding sessions provide insight into their fascinating behaviour, making for an entertaining and educational experience.

B. Gift Store

Before leaving, be sure to visit the gift store, where you can take home unique bird-themed memorabilia to have something to remember your day at Bird Paradise in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve.

4. Evening Wind-Down: Dinner at Mandai Wildlife West

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After exploring the various avian residents at attractions like the Winged Sanctuary, Shaw Foundation Australian Outback, and more, head over to the various food chains for a meal.

As the day draws to a close, visitors can enjoy a scrumptious end to the adventure at Mandai Wildlife West, a public space with an IG-worthy waterfall and a plethora of dining options.  

Diners can choose from a variety of options, including familiar Western fare at Collins and comforting South & North Indian cuisine at Pavilion Banana Leaf. And, of course, not to be missed is indulging in delectable desserts at the aptly named Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique.

With larger and double the walk-in aviaries than the previous Jurong Bird Park, the Bird Paradise offers a comprehensive and immersive experience for avian enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Its diverse exhibits, engaging shows, and culinary offerings set it apart from other avian attractions. Moreover, it emphasises the importance of conservation efforts and ethical tourism. By visiting the Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve, visitors not only enjoy a day of entertainment and education but also contribute to the preservation of these remarkable birds and their habitats. It serves as a reminder that responsible tourism plays a crucial role in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet's biodiversity–so don’t forget to embark on your due diligence to ensure that you’re supporting the right cause.