We Got A Preview Of Bird Paradise — Here’s What To Expect When The New Bird Park At Mandai Opens May 8
Be prepared to explore when you make it to the new Bird Paradise, which opens May 8 with a soft launch. Spoiler alert: There’s a lot to discover, and it's not just about getting up close with the birds, but also F&B outlets (hello, Birds of Paradise gelato!), wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences. 8Days.sg went walking — over 8,000 steps clocked, no less — and we tell you what to expect at the new Bird Paradise.
The 17-hectare park is nestled in Mandai, close to the Singapore Zoo, with free shuttle services available between Singapore Zoo and Mandai Wildlife West, which is close to the entrance of Bird Paradise. Besides that, there’s also a loop shuttle service available between the park and Khatib MRT Station every 10 to 20 minutes ($1 per ride; schedule here).
Of the 10 zones in Bird Paradise, eight are walk-through aviaries, each with a different theme inspired by different parts of the world. No matter where you are, you get great views, not just of the feathered friends but of the fantastic scenery as well, whether you’re meandering through boardwalks or canopy walkways on suspension bridges.
Take a look at some of the highlights here:
Scroll on for more details about what to expect at Bird Paradise.
The penguins had yet to move in to their new digs at the Ocean Network Express Penguin Cove when we visited, but visitors can expect four species of penguins — including the king penguin and gentoo penguin — when the critters are finally settled in to the two-storey indoor habitat designed to mimic sub-Antarctic environs.
Besides feeding sessions, visitors can also get up close and learn more about the residents of Bird Paradise through Keeper Talks, backstage experiences, and animal presentations. There will be three Keeper Talk sessions running— learn more about macaws at the Crimson Wetlands keeper talk sessions, dive deep with Penguin Keeper Talks at Penguin Cove, and discover songbird traits at Songbird Keeper Talks at Songs of the Forest. No bookings are required for keeper talk sessions.
Visitors can also delve deeper behind the scenes with a Bird Discovery Tour ($400 per group, up to eight people) or go on a one-hour Backstage Pass experience for more insights on avian healthcare at Bird Paradise’s Avian Healthcare and Research Centre (from $118.40 per pax).
After all that exploring, you’ll probably need to refuel. There are seven F&B outlets within Bird Paradise, a mix of casual cafes and kiosks to an immersive underwater dining experience with penguins (below) and Crimson Restaurant which boasts a menu curated by celeb chef Eric Teo.
There are more options outside the Bird Paradise main entrance, including A&W and Starbucks. Popular ice cream joint Birds of Paradise will also set up shop here, not only with ice cream (try the cucumber and mint flavour exclusive to Bird Paradise), but there will also be a café serving light bites and drinks, most of which are plant-based. Look out for eco-grocer Unpackt as well, which hawks items aimed at sustainable living, and has a café serving up light bites as well.
Tickets go on sale from Apr 24, and there’s a $10 discount on tix during the park’s soft launch period from May 8 to 26. During this time, tix go for $38 (adults) and $23 (children aged three to 12). From May 27, prices are at $48 (adults) and $33 (kids). The park is open daily from 9am to 6pm, with last admission at 5pm (buy tix here).
Video: Pyron Tan