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Jurong Bird Park is an aviary and tourist attraction in Jurong, Singapore. The bird park, managed by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, covers an area of 0.2km2 on the western slope of Jurong Hill, the highest point in the Jurong region.
It was reported by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on 1 June 2016 that Jurong Bird Park will cease operations and be relocated to Mandai in 2020. The new park in Mandai has not been named. As for now, operation continues as per normal.
The idea of a permanent aviary was first conceived by the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, then Minister for Finance, in 1968. During a World Bank Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Dr Goh visited its zoological garden and was impressed with its free-flight aviary. He set out to ensure that Singaporeans would have a place where they could escape from urban life and relax with nature.
Work on the aviary started in January 1969. A 35 acre site, on the western slope of Bukit Peropok in Jurong, was chosen for the project. The bird park was expected to be completed by the end of 1969.
On 3 January 1971, Jurong Bird Park, built at a cost of S$3.5 million, was opened to the public.
Jurong Bird Park is now a world-famous bird zoo where there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world, including a large flock of flamingos. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of the number of birds, and second largest both in the number of bird species and land area (after Germany's Weltvogelpark Walsrode). There are 5,000 birds of 400 species in Jurong Bird Park, of which 29 are of threatened species.
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  • This sculpture is by Fernando Botero. Like many of his sculptures, this has been created in his signature exaggerated proportions style. It’s a very cartoonish depiction of a bird, but an amusing one....  more »
  • This large sized statue is situated in Boat Quay. We first saw this statue on Sunday 20th October, on the Quay side during our Singapore River Boat Trip. We came face to face with the statue...  more »
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