Out of the four parks under Singapore Widlife Reserve, Jurong Bird Park was the one I least frequent. Simply because it was furthest from my home.
While the remaining three parks were all located side-by-side in Mandai, Jurong Bird Park stood alone in Jurong on the western end of Singapore. In fact, Jurong Bird Park was nearer to Johor Bahru in Malaysia than my home in Singapore – it would take me less time to get to Legoland Malaysia than to reach home in good traffic. I’m not exaggerating.
Thanks to the awesome Friends of Wildlife membership that I signed up for recently, which gave me unlimited access to all four wildlife parks for a year, I decided to bring the boys down to Jurong Bird Park for the first time in not sure how many years.
We only planned to spend a few hours at Jurong Bird Park, so after we checked out the penguins near the entrance, we made a beeline for Lory Loft because MF wanted to feed the lories. It helped that the Lory Loft was one of the tram stops. So we pretty much just hopped on to the tram at the entrance and was zipped across the park to Lory Loft.
The last time we were here, MF was still a little toddler? And I remembered when I brought him into Lory loft then, where the lories flocked around us freely, he was absolutely petrified!
Now that he was all grown up, he was no longer terrified of the lories. In fact, he was super eager to go out there to feed them with the bowl of nectar we bought at the loft (SGD3 per bowl). MY was still at the terrified-of-birds stage and stayed away.
MF started by feeding the lories that had gathered at the entrance foyer of Lory Loft.
There was some tug or war initially with the bowl of feed, when MF was still a bit hesitant to go too near the birds.
But slowly he got the hang of it and was feeding more than one bird at one go!
We went together with Mabel (Amazingly Still) and her kids. Mabel knew much more about Jurong Bird Park about me, because she used to have annual pass for the park. So she warned us that the red lories were fiercer than the green ones.
Ooookkkkaaaayyyyy… I think she had a point.
Though initially intimidating, once they had gotten rid of their competition, the red lories were happily eating out of MF’s hand.
While I was busy taking photos, I thought I felt someone tapping my shoulder. But I soon discovered it was a lory that was standing on my shoulder! LOL… Okay, I was too slow to capture a photo of the lory on my shoulder, so I took a photo of a lory on someone else’s shoulder instead. Hah.
MF was super enthusiastic about his lory-feeding. He went all out and stretched to feed the hardest to reach lories.
He finished his first bowl of feed at the entrance foyer, and since MY was too scared to feed the birds, he took MY’s bowl of feed and walked around the rest of the loft to feed the lories on the go.
The walk around the loft brought us pass two suspension bridges.
And there were more lories waiting to be fed along the bridges.
One of them even flew right onto MF’s bowl.
LOL at MF’s stunned face when the lory took off after its meal.
We had a GREAT morning feeding the lories at Jurong Bird Park and would be glad to do it all over again!
Tips for Lory Feeding at Jurong Bird Park:
- While you could buy the food to feed the lories any time at the Lory Loft, there were some hours when you would see the foyer totally quiet like in the photo above. This means the lories are probably full. This would not be a good time to do the lory feeding. You should join in the feeding when there are a lot of lories around the entrance foyer. When we were there are 11+am, there were many lories flying around the entrance but by 12+, the lories were all back int the trees.
- Slap on those mosquito repellent.
- If you are afraid bird droppings will land on you (no, the lories and lorikeets are NOT toilet-trained and will poo just about anywhere in the loft), you may want to put on a poncho.
- And a tip from Mummy Ed based on her first-hand experience: If you drop your personal belonging (e.g. your phone) into the aviary, the management can send someone to the floor of the aviary to retrieve it for you. :p
Information on Jurong Bird Park:
Address: 2 Jurong Hill Singapore 628925
Getting There: Bus 194 from Boon Lay Bus Interchange (at Boon Lay MRT EW27)
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 6.00pm daily (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)
Admission Fee: Adult: S$29 | Child: S$19
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