Jurong Bird Park celebrates its final flight with an invitation for all to visit

30 AUG 2022
The beloved national icon, Jurong Bird Park, will welcome its final guests on 3 January 2023, exactly 52 years after its opening in 1971, as its avian residents and staff begin preparations to move to a brand-new home in Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Come and relive your fondest stories of Jurong Bird Park and create more memories at one of Singapore’s pioneer wildlife parks from 3 September 2022 till 3 January 2023, as we embark on A Flight To Remember to celebrate Jurong Bird Park’s legacy and rich heritage.

A three-generation family enters Jurong Bird Park in 2022 via its luxuriant entrance plaza. As one of the pioneer wildlife experiences in Singapore, Jurong Bird Park has connected millions of people to the colourful and fascinating world of avian life. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group


“Jurong Bird Park has been a place that holds special memories for multiple generations of Singaporeans who have grown up with the park.  Many of us associate JBP as a venue for school excursions, family outings and even first dates. While the park has evolved over the decades, one thing has remained constant – JBP has always been a place where Singaporeans can enjoy and connect with nature. From its humble beginning as a place of recreation for the local community, JBP soon became celebrated as a well-loved international attraction. The park has also played an important, purposeful role in conserving threatened bird species, including the critically endangered Negros Bleeding-heart Dove and the Straw-headed Bulbul,” said Mike Barclay, Group CEO of Mandai Wildlife Group. 

He added, “Importantly, the park could not have achieved any of this without the amazing people who have worked there over the years.  We extend our thanks to everyone who has played a part in building JBP into what it is today. As we prepare to close the park on its 52nd birthday, we invite everyone to visit JBP one last time and embark on A Flight to Remember with us.”

A trip down memory lane

Jurong Bird Park was conceived in 1968 by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Minister of Finance, with a humble ambition to create a safe haven where Singaporeans could escape urban life. Jurong Bird Park soared to great heights with crowd favourites such as the Waterfall Aviary, an immersive walk-in aviary with one of the world’s tallest man-made indoor waterfalls, standing at 30-metres tall.

Jurong Bird Park welcomed its millionth visitor in August 1972 and over the years the park has seen 41 million guests walk through its gates.

In celebration of its accomplishments and to pay homage to the park’s legacy, Jurong Bird Park welcomes guests to relive fond memories at the park. A Flight To Remember takes off from 3 September 2022 with a line-up of activities celebrating the park’s heritage. Embark on a self-guided Heritage Trail of Jurong Bird Park and make pit-stops at a series of heritage displays that illustrate key milestones in the park’s 51-year journey where visitors can learn about the park’s transformation since its official opening in 1971 inaugurated by Dr Goh Keng Swee.

Operating from 1992 to 2012, the park’s old Panorail was a monorail system which offered guests panoramic views as it traversed the park. To mark this iconic piece of the park’s history, the old Panorail Station has reopened to the public, complete with a recreation of the Panorail for nostalgic photo opportunities. 

“I have seen Jurong Bird Park through many transformations in my 40-year-history here, from new amphitheatres to aviaries, but this will be the most significant yet. There are still many of us who joined the organisation in its early days and have been here over the decades,” shared Daisy Ling, Vice President, who started working in Jurong Bird Park in 1982 as an Education Officer. “Jurong Bird Park is like our second home, and it will be a bittersweet time for us. While we commemorate our fondest memories here in Jurong, we also look forward to new beginnings with the Bird Paradise in Mandai Wildlife Reserve and to be a part of another transformative phase of Singapore’s bird park. We hope the local community can join us in the coming months to make this a worthy closing chapter for the park before we turn the page.”


Relive old memories and make new ones

Capture lasting memories at the park entrance with a re-creation of the park’s old cuckoo clock tower, which doubles as a countdown timer to the park’s final day of operations. Guests can also contribute their favourite memories of Jurong Bird Park to a ‘living’ Memory Wall at the Penguin Coast and watch their memories pop up on screen in real-time and look back on 51-years of history.

Explore Jurong Bird Park with a different lens through the eyes of Jurong Bird Park’s dedicated team that keeps the park running day-to-day.  Download a staff-curated trail from https://go.mandai.com/insidersguide and learn about their favourite spots and the park’s best kept secrets. From the perfect place to catch sunrays peeking through the luxuriant vegetation in the morning, to the best vantage point to observe the waterfall, and a secret ‘staff-only’ menu item at the Hawk Café, this is the only insiders’ guide you will need for Jurong Bird Park.

Visitors can also bring home a piece of Jurong Bird Park home, with limited-edition merchandise such as Jurong Bird Park-themed terrariums and medallions. To celebrate the park’s milestone, they’ll also enjoy a limited-edition gift with every $40 spent in a single transaction.

Jurong Bird Park will release new programming over the next few months, including the launch of a Nostalgic Signature Tour in November. Let seasoned guides cast your mind back in time through the park’s storied history. Learn little-known anecdotes about the park’s avian friends and architecture, while engaging in exclusive feeding sessions and avian encounters in African Treetops and Waterfall Aviary. Bookings for the tour will open on 19 October 2022.

Also launching in November is a nostalgic dining experience with traditional pushcarts selling local hawker fare and carnival activities to raise the festive spirit. 

Jurong Bird Park’s last day of operations will be on 3 January 2023 but it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later! Updates on the new bird park will be shared next.

Please refer to Annex A or www.birdpark.com.sg/closing for more information on the activities of A Flight To Remember and Annex B for Jurong Bird Park’s milestones.

Students entering Jurong Bird Park in 1982. Since its early days, Jurong Bird Park has sought to nurture an appreciation, interest and knowledge of birds in school children through various educational activities and programmes. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Students entering Jurong Bird Park in 1982. Since its early days, Jurong Bird Park has sought to nurture an appreciation, interest and knowledge of birds in school children through various educational activities and programmes. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Jurong Bird Park’s old entrance has been recreated at the current entrance plaza. The Cuckoo Clock tower also serves as a countdown timer to 3 January 2023, the park’s final day of operations. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Jurong Bird Park’s Panorail, a monorail system named for the panoramic views that it offered to guests, was first launched in 1992, before ceasing operations in 2012. The park now runs on a fleet of electric trams. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Staff of Jurong Bird Park enjoying a photo opportunity together. The Panorail system has been recreated to mark the iconic piece of Jurong Bird Park’s history.  

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Annex A – Activities for A Flight to Remember




Countdown with us!

Reminisce the old entrance of our park and commemorate our swansong with a treasured memento at this photo point.


Remember to share your memories with #JurongBirdPark.

Venue: Park Entrance

Date: 3 Sep 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8.30am – 6pm

Heritage Trail

Explore our park and learn more about our history and 51 years of im-peck-able achievements!


Locate our heritage checkpoints and scan the QR code to embark on your journey to the past.

Complete at least 3 checkpoints and redeem a Jurong Bird Park memento*.

*Limited to first 100 redemptions daily. T&Cs apply.


Venue: Around the park

Date: 3 Sep 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8.30am – 6pm


Redemption Details

Venue: Membership Services Centre

Time: 9am-5pm, daily


Share your emu-tions and favourite park memories on our real-time digital platform.

Scan the QR code to start posting!


Venue: Penguin Coast

Date: 3 Sept 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8.30am – 6pm

Onboard the Panorail

Relive our highlights and heritage and check out a replica of the famous Panorail that once offered guests bird’s-eye views around the park.


Remember to take a picture and share your memories with #JurongBirdPark.


Venue: Above Wings Kiosk & Opposite Tram Station 1

Date: 3 Sep 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8.30am – 6pm

Insider’s Guide

Download a staff-curated trail from https://go.mandai.com/insidersguide to get the Insider’s Guide on the best hidden spots and secrets of Jurong Bird Park.


Venue: Around the park

Date: 3 Sep 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8:30am – 6pm

A Gift for Every-birdy

Bring a piece of history home with our Jurong Bird Park-inspired terrariums! What’s more, enjoy a limited-edition gift with every $40 spent in a single transaction.

Venue: Feathers Shop

Date: 3 Sep 2022 – 3 Jan 2023

Time: 8.30am – 6pm

Annex B - Key Milestones of Jurong Bird Park

1968 – The late Dr Goh Keng Swee was in Rio De Janeiro attending a World Bank meeting. He visited the Rio Aviary and was highly impressed. At a time of rapid urbanisation in Singapore, he saw the bird park as an opportunity for Singaporeans to connect with nature. It was also famously reported that when asked why not build a zoo instead, Dr Goh said "Birdseeds cost less than meat.”


1971 – The park was built at a cost of 3.5million and Jurong Bird Park officially opened on 3 January 1971. It was Asia’s largest bird park. At the time of opening, the park included 78 display aviaries, an administration block, a transit and quarantine station, a nursery breeding area, as well as facilities such as a tram system, a restaurant and refreshment kiosks.

The crowning jewel of the park was the Jurong Falls Aviary, now known as Waterfall Aviary. The aviary houses one the world's tallest man-made, indoor waterfalls.  Standing at 30-metres-tall, water plunges over the top of a towering cliff at a rate of 140 litres per second. The water is then recirculated through a meandering stream that cascades down over a series of levels, creating an ideal environment for the hundreds of free-flying birds and lush vegetation.

Jurong Bird Park’s main highlight when it first opened in 1971 was Jurong Falls Aviary, which opened as the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary and featured the then world’s tallest man-made waterfall at 30-metres tall. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Now known as Waterfall Aviary, its waterfall still stands as the world’s tallest man-made waterfall within an aviary and remains a favourite photo point for Jurong Bird Park’s guests

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

1972 – Jurong Bird Park played host to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Singapore as part of their Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean tour. The park also recorded its millionth visitor in August of this year.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on a tram at Jurong bird Park in 1972. Photo credit: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore

Photo credit: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore

1985 – A Master Plan was launched to upgrade Jurong Bird Park for the changing times, as well as improve the living conditions of the birds and give visitors a more complete experience of the park. Plans were implemented to build all new attractions such as the Pool’s Amphitheatre, Flightless Birds exhibit, and the Panorail system. 

1988 – The Fuji Hawk Centre, now known as Hawk Arena, was officially launched and with it, the Kings of the Skies animal presentation. To this day, Kings of the Skies remains a crowd favourite, showcasing the natural behaviours of raptors like the Bald Eagle, Brahminy Kites and Himalayan Griffon Vulture. 

Then trainer presenter and current Manager of Animal Presentation, Clarence Saw presenting the Kings of the Skies to an audience of students in the 1990s. 

Photo credit: Clarence Saw

1992 – The Master Plan saw fruition with the opening of the Pools Amphitheatre on 5 Jan 1992, featuring the new All Stars Bird Show, with a capacity of 2,000 pax. At the time of completion, the amphitheatre had the largest canopy in the world.  The year also saw the launch of the Panorail, a monorail system that offered panoramic views of the park. Integration with the Park’s hilly terrain made it the most undulating monorail ride in the world, rising up to the treetops and skimming close to the surface of the lakes.

A trainer presenter at the All Star BirdShow. The animal presentation would later be redeveloped into the High Flyers that we know and love today. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

1992 – Thanks to the research efforts of the hornbill keepers, Jurong Bird Park saw the world’s first Black Hornbill bred under human care. Black Hornbills are a vulnerable species native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

A Black Hornbill at Jurong Bird Park’s Hornbill and Toucan exhibit. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2001 – Jurong Bird Park saw the world’s first Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise bred under human care, helping the park to clinch the Breeders’ Award from the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society.

A Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise in Jurong Bird Park’s Windows on Paradise exhibit. Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2008 – Oriental Pied Hornbills Sada & Lily were released in Singapore as part of a reintroduction project in collaboration with NParks and Singapore Avian Conservation Project, contributing to the return of the species to the island.

2009 – The Bird Park Flies to School programme was launched, where wildlife ranger Doctor Squawk brings birds to schools for interactive sessions with students to inculcate an appreciation for avian life.

Former Education Executive Maggie Ang, and current Vice President of Jurong Bird Park, with an Umbrella Cockatoo, interacting with students during a Bird Park Flies to School programme in 2009. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2010 – In 1972, the penguin exhibit was called Penguin Pool and a crowd favourite. It then made way for a new exhibit – Penguin Parade in the 1980s that gave visitors a view of the penguins above and under water. The exhibit underwent a major upgrade in 2010 to become the current exhibit today, the Penguin Coast. During that time, an outdoor exhibit was also built specially for the African penguins. where they are free to go for a swim by the pool under the sun or retreat to their air-conditioned den. Found only on the south-western coast of Africa, the African penguins are perfectly adaptable to cool or warm temperatures. 

The Penguin Pool in 1972 gave many Singaporeans their first glimpse of penguins. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

The Penguin Pool was upgraded to Penguin Parade with a climate controlled indoor exhibit in 1990. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

Avian keeper Hafiz Yani conducts an interactive sharing session with guests while feeding the African Penguins at Penguin Coast. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2012 – The Park’s Breeding & Research Centre was officially launched for walk-in public viewing, giving visitors an opportunity to learn about how the park’s chicks are hatched from eggs and hand-raised until they are old enough to go into their aviaries

A Hyacinth Macaw chick being syringe fed at Jurong Bird Park’s Breeding & Research Centre. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2015 – The Wings of Asia exhibit was launched, featuring many of the park’s threatened songbirds such as the Bali Mynah and Black-winged Mynah, to help raise awareness on the threat of the illegal songbird trade.

2018 – In a joint effort between Mandai Wildlife Group, OceansWatch, BirdLife International, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium and the Solomon Islands’ Department of Agriculture, 60 rescued Santa Cruz Ground Doves were brought to Jurong bird Park to form the world’s first assurance colony of the endangered species outside of its native range. Breeding efforts have been successful with the initial flock increasing to over 90 to date, with the ultimate goal to return them to the native Solomon Islands to replenish wild population.

A Santa Cruz ground-dove father nurturing his days-old chick at Jurong Bird Park. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2019 – A pair of Philippine Eagles, Geothermica and Sambisig, arrived at Jurong Bird Park under a wildlife loan agreement with the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Philippine Eagle Foundation.  This is the first time the species have been sent outside of their native country. The loan marked 50 years of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Singapore.


Female Philippine Eagle Sambisig at Jurong Bird Park’s Philippine Eagle exhibit. Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2021 – In partnership with Talarak Foundation and Mandai Nature, the critically endangered Negros Bleeding-hearts arrived at Jurong Bird Park and the first chick was hatched within two months, establishing the species’ first conservation breeding programme outside of its native country of Philippines. The goal is to return the progenies back to help repopulate their native habitat.

A Negros Bleeding-heart chick at Jurong Bird Park’s back-of-house breeding facility. Nine chicks have been successfully hatched since the birds arrived in September 2021. 

Photo credit: Mandai Wildlife Group 

2023 – Jurong Bird Park’s final operating day, slated for 3 January 2023.
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