A date has been announced for the soft opening of the new Bird Paradise in Mandai, where visitors will be immersed into a naturalistic and colourful world, home to 3,500 birds from over 400 species.
Soft Opening of Bird Paradise on 8 May with Special Admission Rates till 26 May
From 8 May 2023, 9 am to 6 pm, visitors will be able to pay a visit to the highly anticipated Bird Paradise, with last admission at 5 pm.
For the soft opening period from 8 May to 26 May 2023, single-park admission is at a special rate of $38 for adults, $23 for children (aged 3 to 12 years old) and $20 for senior citizens.
Members of the public can pre-book their admission tickets and any add-on programmes from 24 April 2023, with visit dates from 8 May.
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From 27 May 2023, the tickets to Bird Paradise will at the full price of $48 for adults, $33 for children (aged 3 to 12 years old) and $20 for senior citizens.
Among the highlights that visitors will be able to enjoy at Bird Paradise are eight large walk-in aviaries, each themed after different parts of the world. These range from the dense rainforests of Africa to the wetlands of South America.
Other walk through aviaries are themed after Southeast Asian paddy fields and Australian eucalyptus forests.
Feeding sessions with the birds will also be a part of Bird Paradise. Visitors will be able to take part in feeding sessions at $8 per session with Starlings, African Hornbills and Barbets at Heart of Africa, Pelicans at Kuok Group Wings of Asia, and the Lories at Lory Loft.
What to Expect at Bird Paradise in Mandai
Bird Paradise celebrates birds and their stories. It is home to some of the world’s most endangered avian species including the Philippine Eagle, Negros Bleed-heart Doves and Blue-throated Macaws.
Here’s a look at what to expect at Bird Paradise in Mandai.
En route to Bird Paradise, visitors will be greeted by the Forest Gateway, an 85-metre-long entry archway on Mandai Lake Road that leads into the precinct.
The Forest Gateway features animal rock carvings that took inspiration from the wildlife parks, depicting iconic species such as the Giraffe, Malayan Sun Bear, Asian Elephant and Great Pied Hornbill.
This will usher visitors to Mandai Wildlife West, the main arrival area for Bird Paradise and the upcoming Rainforest Wild.
Mandai Wildlife West
A towering 10-metre-tall waterfall awaits visitors at Forest Gateway and there are playgrounds and dining spots at the upper deck.
Mandai Wildlife West will have the Pangolin Adventure and Pangolin Hideout where young visitors can mimic the behaviour of the mammal with movements like climbing, burrowing and sliding.
At Forest Stream, visitors can weave through root-like structures inspired by mangrove forests while there is more to see at the orchid-focused Epiphytic Cluster.
A Foraging Trail showcases how the rainforest’s abundant food and medicinal resources which both wildlife and people rely on.
Mandai Wildlife West will also be a hub for dining and retail at Bird Paradise. Brands that visitors can look foward to include Luke’s Lobster, Leckerbaer and Mr Holmes Bakehouse. Birds of Paradise will be running a Gelato Boutique and Sandwich Bar.
Other food options include A&W, Collin’s, Han’s Union and Pavilion Banana Leaf, Coffee House by Old Chang Kee and Starbucks. There will be a Cheers outlet and Unpackt grocer and lifestyle store too.
Visitors will be greeted by a winged canopy that leads to a cascading waterfall at Bird Paradise’s Entrance Plaza.
This will showcase mature trees and a display of orchids will pay tribute to the park’s location at the former Mandai Orchid gardens.
This exhibit show cases over 100 rare and predatory species like the Brahminy Starling, Santa Cruz Ground Dove, Maleo and Philippine Eagle.
The black and white tuxedoed birds will have a new home next to the Winged Sanctuary. The cold salt-water habitat will feature a sustainable dining experience immersed in an underwater environment with the birds.
Heart of Africa
The walk-in aviary Heart of Africa takes inspiration from the forested valleys of continental Africa. Visitors can view Bee-eaters’s Cliff where they may catch a glimpse of bee-eater species swooping for insects, or head to a larger-than-life, artificial sycamore fig tree to view birds like the Red-fronted Barbet, Blue-bellied Roller and Great Blue Turaco.
Kuok Group Wings of Asia
Soak in the ambiance of the forest of Southeast Asia at Wings of Asia. Catch the sight of pheasants searching the undergrowth for food or hornbill in the trees.
There are also cultural elements like Balinese-inspired split gate, pavilions, and water-based sound sculptures within the habitat.
Hong Leong Foundation Crimson Wetlands
Scarlet Ibises and Roseate Spoonbills will inhabit the Crimson Wetlands. With the backdrop of a floating village in South America, the Mandai bird park’s Crimson Wetlands will have a clay lick wall for colourful macaws to feed at. There will also be a waterfall that pays tribute to Jurong Bird Park’s Waterfall Aviary and an elevated restaurant.
The rainforest habitats of South America are replicated at Amazonian Jewels.
Songs of the Forest
Asian singing songbirds like the Bali Myna and Strawheaded Bulbul will be showcased at Songs of the Forest.
Birds of Paradise are back at Mysterious Papua. There will be a longhouse-style bid hide for visitors to watch the birds upclose.
The noisy lorikeets and cockatoos get their own habitat, Australian Outback.
The Lory Loft gets reborn at Bird Paradise. With elevated suspension bridges themed after treehouses in Papua, visitors will again be able to feed the boisterous lories along with parrots.
Other Features at the Mandai Bird Park
It also seems that kids can also look forward to a Treetop Play and Egg Splash areas. There’s also a Sky Amphitheatre at the Mandai bird park.
The shows featuring birds were always popular at the old Jurong Bird Park. At Bird Paradise, the new Sky Amphitheatre will feature two new avian presentations. These are Predators on Wings and Wings of the World.
The two new shows will have a new format and content while still preserving some of the beloved elements of the old Kings of the Skies and High Flyers shows at Jurong Bird Park.
Avian Healthcare and Research Centre & Avian Breeding and Research Centre
Visitors can also look forward to intimate, keeper-led experiences, or take a “backstage pass” to discover what goes into caring for the feathered residents of Bird Paradise.
These experiences include an exclusive look into the Avian Healthcare and Research Centre. Inside, visitors can watch vets in action as they care for the birds.
At the new Avian Breeding and Research Centre, visitors will be able to have a glimpse of the many conservation breeding programmes that Bird Paradise participates in.