Many flocked to pay one last visit to the Jurong Bird Parkd of their childhood just before it shuttered on its 52nd birthday on 3 January 2023of this year. But lo and behold, the winged residents of Jurong Bird Park all-new Bird Paradise haves not only received a spanking new space at Bird Paradise, the new park comes it also got a major revamp 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, you may be at crossroads on where to start. So, let us take you through how to spend a day at the newly-opened Mandai Bird Paradise with plenty to see, do, and eat.
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 birds.
A. Wings of Asia Exhibit
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 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, providingenjoying a glimpsetaste of the Asian landscape. One of the highlights here is the opportunity to encountercome 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
The Crimson Wetlands exhibit offers a tranquil and natural wetland environment where visitors can marvel at the diverse bird species that call it home. The cascading water feature, the tallest waterfall at Bird Paradise, is a sight to behold.
Pro-tips: For a refreshing experience is to walk through the sheltered walkway that cuts into a cave-like area, which providesing a cool breeze and occasional sprinkles from the waterfall. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the vibrantly coloured flamingos, which make for picture-worthy moments.
C. Lory Loft
For those who appreciate the vibrant hues and playful antics of parrots, 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
After a morning of exploration, rest your weary feet by indulging in entertaining yet enriching shows 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. It seeks to dispel common misconceptions about these birds, highlighting their crucial role in ecosystems. 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. It's 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
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 Mandai Bird Paradise by.
4. Evening Wind-Down: Dinner at Mandai Wildlife West
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 Mandai 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 emphasizes the importance of conservation efforts and ethical tourism. By visiting the Mandai Bird Paradise, 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.