Singapore Parks

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
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Trip End Jun 22, 2008


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Thursday, June 19, 2008

We went to the three major parks in Singapore: Bird Park, Zoo and the special Night Safari. The pictures are from all three and descriptions of the parks are included below. All were long days with a great deal of walking involved, but it was well worth it.

The Jurong Bird Park is a world-famous bird zoo within there are specimens of magnificent bird life from around the world. It is currently the world's largest bird park in terms of number of birds and second largest in terms of land area after Germany's Vogelpark Walsrode. There are over 9,000 birds of 600 species within the Park, of those 29 are of endangered species. One of the special areas was the "Lory Loft" a 3,000 square meters large and about 9 story's high and is the world's largest walk-in flight aviary for Lories and lorikeets, with over 1,000 free-flying lories. The entire ambience adheres to a rain forest vale of tropical Northern Australia. As you can see Darcy was feeding the lories a special nectar mix.

The Singapore Zoo is world-famous with about 315 species of animal in the zoo, of which some 16% are considered threatened species.The zoo is a model of the 'open zoo' concept. The animals are kept in spacious, landscaped enclosures, separated from the visitors by either dry or wet moats. The moats are concealed with vegetation or dropped below the line of vision. In the case of dangerous animals which can climb very well, moat barriers are not used. Instead, these animals are housed in landscaped glass-fronted enclosures.

The Night Safari is the world's first nocturnal zoo and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore.The Night Safari currently houses a total of 1,040 animals of 120 species, of which 29% are threatened species. Unlike traditional nocturnal houses, which reverse the day-night cycle of animals so they will be active by day, the Night Safari is an entire open-air zoo set in a humid tropical forest that is only open at night. It is divided into eight geographical zones, which can be explored either on foot via three walking trails, or by tram. Darcy and I did both the walking trails and the tram which were very interesting. As far as pictures, you could not use a flash and therefore it was very difficult to get any good shots
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