SINGAPORE’s Jurong Bird Park is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year with a look back at its major milestones.
The avian wildlife park opened in 1971 on a 20.2ha hillside and within a year, welcomed its first millionth guest. It has since become home to the world’s largest walk-in aviary standing 13 storeys tall and in the last five years bred seven critically endangered blue-throated macaws.
The park, Asia’s largest of its kind, receives over 800,000 visitors annually. Among its visitors over the years are several foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Come 2020, the park would move to a 17ha site in the newly planned Mandai nature precinct housing the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and a new Rainforest Park.