News has just be told that by 2023, Mandai will be Singapore’s nature hub with a total of five wildlife parks: existing trio; Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari, the new rainforest, and the relocated Jurong Bird Park. Despite the lack of natural resources, Singapore has one of the best educational wildlife parks in the world, specifically, Singapore Zoo. For years, the existing wildlife parks are iconic attractions to both the locals and tourists.
Here are 5 interesting facts you didn’t know about Singapore’s wildlife parks.
1. Jurong Bird Park is actually the First Wildlife Park
Contrary to beliefs, many believe that Singapore Zoo arrived first, in fact, the Jurong Bird Park was built in 1971, TWO YEARS EARLIER, with estimated cost of $3.5 million. The main reason was given by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the late Dr. Goh Keng Swee, that bird seeds cost less than meat. Comparing the past where only 1,000 birds from 60 species were available, the avian paradise now has 19 exhibits and home to 5,000 birds from 400 species.
2. Spending the night at Mandai is made possible
Has anyone ever gazed upon the Singapore sky, looking out for stars? At Mandai, there is a plan on building tents, suits and family in the area for visitors to stay for a night or two.
3. Free admission to the nearby amenities
Aside from the 5 wildlife parks that require admission fees, the vicinity will also have boardwalks and nature trails for trekking lovers, outdoor seating and playground for the young and the old.
4. New Bird Park with ‘Upsized’ Aviaries
The new location for the Jurong Bird Park will occupy 17 hectares, which allows the birds to fly freely in the nine aviaries and each aviary will feature unique landscape such as a bamboo forest.
5. Bridge for the animals
For humans, there are overhead bridges, but at Mandai, an eco-bridge will be built across Mandai Lake Road for the animals living in the area, where they can move between the central and northern reaches of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
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