Bird Paradise in Mandai Wildlife Reserve is finally opening to visitors on 8 May 2023 and here are 14 exciting activities, themed zones & more to check out

by Christabel Tan and

Have you heard? Singapore’s brand-spankin’ new attraction, Bird Paradise, is finally opening to the public on 8 May 2023 at Mandai Wildlife Reserve

After 52 years at the original bird park, Jurong Bird Park has left an indelible mark on most of our childhoods where we might have gotten our first glimpses of parrots and penguins in person. The original premises, which closed on 3 January 2023, saw the resident creatures (more than 3,000 birds from over 400 avian species) migrating over to their new ‘paradise’ at Bird Paradise!

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Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

It’s a well-deserved upgrade featuring eight huge walkthrough aviaries and more, built not only for visitors to enjoy but for the resident birds as well – with better environments intentionally designed to mimic the different ecologies and habitats for our precious avian friends.

From the walkthrough aviaries inspired by different habitats across the world from Africa to South America, to a sparkling new penguin cove, a restaurant with great views of a waterfall, and more – here are 14 things you can expect to see at the new Bird Paradise during your visit!

1. Winged Sanctuary

Make your way into Bird Paradise and look out for Winged Sanctuary, a space sharing rare and predatory birds of high conservation value with over 100 species of birds and their exhibits from the Brahminy Starling and Santa Cruz Ground Dove, to Maleo and Philippine Falconet.

2. Penguin Cove

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Located right beside the Winged Sanctuary, the new Penguin Cove (one of my favourite stops at the old bird park!) is a cold salt-water habitat designed for our penguins. And not just that, it also features a dining experience with mouthwatering buffet spreads in an underwater environment with the penguins — the Penguin Cove Restaurant.

3. Heart of Africa

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Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Done with the penguins? Step into Heart of Africa next, the largest walk-through aviary simulating the forested valleys of Africa with colourful birds living in towering trees. It also includes a Bee-eater’s Cliff where you can observe bee-eater birds catching insects in the air, as well as cultural elements like Congolese pavilions and a viewing tower that provides a great viewpoint of the African-themed habitat.

4. Wings of Asia

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

For something a little closer to home, Wings of Asia is a habitat created specifically for Southeast Asian creatures where you’ll find pheasants in the undergrowth and hornbills up in the tree. There are also fun cultural elements like a Balinese-inspired gate, pavilions and water-based sound sculptures to explore and take photos with as well.

5. Crimson Wetlands

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Make your way to the third stop at Crimson Wetlands, and here’s where you’ll be enamoured with the strikingly colourful display of Scarlet Ibises and Roseate Spoonbills gliding over “marshy wetlands set against the backdrop of a floating village in South America”. Check out the clay lick wall where gorgeous macaws can be seen feeding as well as a waterfall (a tribute to the original waterfall aviary at Jurong Bird Park), and Crimson Restaurant, a restaurant offering lovely views of the area and waterfall!

6. Amazonian Jewels

Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

Next, head deep into the Amazon jungle at Amazonian Jewels and meet unique bird species like the Amazonian Motmot and Chestnut-eared Aracari while checking out iconic Amazonian rainforest ficus trees, large buttress roots and more.

7. Songs of the Forest

Enjoy a melodious symphony at Songs of the Forest, a walk-through aviary specifically for the singing songbirds of Asia with the Bali Myna, Straw-headed Bulbul and Asian Fairy Bluebirds. Here’s where you’ll find a “peaceful haven with large overhanging leaves and glistening streams inspired by the riverine forests of Southeast Asia”.

8. Mysterious Papua

The fun and discovery continue at Mysterious Papua with Birds of Paradise of New Guinea conducting flamboyant courtship dances. Don’t forget to duck into the longhouse-style bird hideout to observe Papuan birds like the Southern Cassowary, North Papuan King Parrot and Palm Cockatoo up close!

9. Australian Outback

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

From Mysterious Papua, head down under to the Australian Outback, a dry simulated forest environment that’s home to different species of Lorikeets, endangered Lorikeets and flocks of pigeons. 

10. Lory Loft

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Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Climb suspension bridges inspired by ethnic treehouses in Papua at Lory Loft (an updated version of the original Lory Loft at Jurong Bird Park) and look at the beautiful lories and parrots. Visitors can also offer the birds a nectar cup to entice the birds to come up close “and even to perch on your wrists and shoulders”!

11. Sky Amphitheatre

Missing the old Kings of the Skies and High Flyers presentations at Jurong Bird Park? The Sky Amphitheatre will play host to two new avian presentations — Predators on Wings and Wings of the World — in a familiar yet upgraded format that will feature the amazing talents of the birds alongside their trainers.

12. Feeding sessions

For just S$8 per session, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with new breeds like African Hornbills, Barbets, Pelicans, and Lories from the different zones. It’s also for a good cause, given that all proceeds from animal feedings go towards Mandai Wildlife Group’s conservation projects.

13. Keeper-led experiences

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

For a more intimate experience, why not embark on a Bird Discovery Tour, where you’ll be able to get the insider scoop on the most charismatic of our feathered friends, or sign up for a Backstage Pass, which gives guests an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into the Avian Healthcare and Research Centre?

14. Mandai Wildlife West

Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

Serving as the gateway to Bird Paradise and the upcoming Rainforest Wild is Mandai Wildlife West, a public guest area comprising children’s play areas and dining options. Guests will be greeted by a 10m-tall waterfall sculpted after Indonesia’s Madakaripura waterfall — what a way to make an entrance!

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Young ones can have a ball of a time at the interactive Pangolin Adventure and Pangolin Hideout play areas, which encourage pangolin-like movements like climbing, borrowing, and sliding. Other spaces like Forest Stream, Epiphytic Cluster, Green Roof, and the Foraging Trail will serve as educational zones for the public to learn about the diverse flora, native wildlife, and various ecosystems. 

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Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

If you get peckish after all that enrichment, choose from a variety of eco-friendly retail and F&B options, which include the likes of Luke’s Lobster, Leckerbaer, and Mr Holmes Bakehouse (in a flagship multi-concept store), A&W, Pavilion Banana Leaf, and of course, Birds of Paradise.

Ticketing details

Photos: Mandai Wildlife Group

Come 8 May 2023, Bird Paradise will be open daily from 9am–6pm, with single-admission tickets priced at S$48 for adults, S$33 for children (three to 12 years old), and S$20 for senior citizens. However, guests can enjoy a special rate of S$38 for adults, S$23 for children, and S$20 for senior citizens during the soft launch period between 8 to 26 May.

Pre-bookings can be made here from 24 April onwards, so don’t miss out!

From dense African rainforests to South American wetlands, Southeast Asian paddy fields, dry Australian eucalyptus forests and more — remember to mark your calendars for a visit to the new Bird Paradise when it opens.

PS: If you’re an animal lover and love interacting with animals, check out these 12 animal cafes or 10 cat cafes in Singapore!

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