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Breeding and Research Centre - Where eggs and chicks are expertly pampered

By Farhan Shafie & Jurong Bird ParkEvents - 21 May 2012 7:00 PM | Updated 01 June 2012

Breeding and Research Centre - Where eggs and chicks are expertly pampered

Get set for an egg-citing array of activities at Jurong Bird Park's Breeding and Research Centre (Photo / Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

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Jurong Bird Park's Breeding and Research Centre logo

Enter into a birdie’s world of pampering at the new Breeding and Research Centre!

The Breeding & Research Centre (BRC) is the bird nursery of JurongBirdPark -- from the moment the eggs arrive, up to the time chicks hatch and weaned, they receive eggs-pert tender loving care here.

Newly upgraded, the Centre makes its public debut for the first time in 24 years. Now you and your family can catch a glimpse of the extreme pampering that goes on behind-the-scenes in 8 viewing galleries. Two incubation rooms, two nursery rooms, three weaning rooms, one each for parrots, aquatic birds and other species, and a kitchen are the eight areas through which guests can take a peek at the eggs and chicks as they mature through life’s stages.

Each year, the BRC successfully hand rears about 150 chicks and birds, some of which includes critically endangered species like theBalistarling and the blue throated macaw. This is all part of JurongBirdPark’s carefully-managed breeding programme.

 

Here are the Highlights you can expect to see at the BRC:

Incubation Rooms
Eggs are kept snug and warm in special incubators equipped with automatic egg turners that keep the temperature and humidity of each egg constant, aiding in the incubation process.

Nursery
Upon hatching, the chicks are taken to the Nursery where you can observe the hatchlings being hand-fed and pampered to perfection! Here they are housed in Brooders where the temperature and humidity continue to be monitored, ensuring these hatchlings are at their most comfortable.


Weaning Room
From the Brooders, chicks move on to the Weaning Room when they are fully grown to help them acclimatise to the environment and each other. Here, the birds are placed in cages until they are matured and ready to join the rest of their family in the respective exhibits.

Open Kitchen
The chicks and birds are kept on a strict diet, monitored and controlled by their keepers to maintain their optimum health. Pop by to see how their meals are being prepared!

BRC is open from 8.30am to 6pm daily and can be visited with every park admission.



 

Lend a helping hand to hand raise the chicks!

You’re needed to help hatch the 3 eggs, then feed and pamper them so that they can grow strong and healthy!

Shower the eggs and chicks with some tender loving care and stand a chance to win a family package (worth $60) to Jurong Bird Park! Only 4 prizes up for grabs!

So swing by every day to help accomplish the mission!

 

Jurong Bird Park Contest T&Cs

1. Family Pack includes 2 adult & 2 child admission tickets

2. Admission tickets are not inclusive of any rides

3. Admission tickets are not exchangeable for cash

4.Winners will be notified, via email, of the prize collection details for the various draws in accordance with the contact details provided in their entries. 

STDM Terms & Conditions:

1. Contest is open for participation from 31-May till 24-June.

2. STDM is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, misdirected, delayed, or undelivered entries, including without limitation entries not timely received due to telephone failures, Internet failures and disruptions, and ISP problems. Incomplete information may result in disqualification of entry. By providing your e-mail address, you grant STDM, the right to send you commercial messages, unless specified otherwise as indicated on the entry form.

3. Multiple entries from the same participant will be disqualified.

4. All winners will be notified via email. Like us on Facebook to get alerts when we announce the winners.

5. Judges’ decision is final.

6. All entry content shall become the property of STDM with Contestants agreeing to allow STDM to use and/or amend the entry contents in any manner it  deems fit, including publishing the answers of the winners on STDM's websites, press and/or any other media. STDM fully reserves the rights to such publications.

7. SingTel Digital Media Pte .Ltd (STDM) reserves the right at any time to replace any participant and/or winner subsequently found to be disqualified for any reason.

8. STDM reserves its rights to determine an outcome and act as it deems fit in any dispute(s) and/or issue(s) relating thereto.


 

Be an eggs-pert!
Be an eggs-pert! (Photo / Wildlife Reserves Singapore)

Activities & events at Jurong Bird Park in June

Come this June holidays, you can look forward to a whole host of kids-centric activities to tie in with the launch of the centre.

Learn more about the incubation and nursing process of these young hatchlings and better understand the behind-the-scenes conservations efforts to nurture avian wildlife inSingapore.

Here’s the rundown of egg-citing events on offer:

Junior Eggs-pert

How do we know if an egg will hatch? Can an ostrich egg support the weight of a human? Satisfy your child’s curiosity in this exclusive programme catered for kids 6 – 12 years old. Kids will also experience an up close chick feedingsession and one of our nursery’s birds will make a special appearance.

Sign up for a tour around the BRC! A classroomsession with an expert facilitator will guide you through the early stages of a bird’s life. A chick feedingsession follows, after which you can get to witness an egg candling demonstration. Finally, round up the tour with a lovely souvenir for keeps!

Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 June

Time: 11.45am, 1.30pm, 2.15pm(30 mins per session)

Fee: $10

Pre-registration is required. Email events.jbp@wrs.com.sg or register at the entrance of the park on day of programme. Recommended age for programme is 6 – 12 years old.

 

Birdie Feed & Greet

Watch the caring keepers, affectionately known as “bird nannies”, hand-feed our chicks to make sure they grow up healthy and strong. Learn more about our chicks’ unique diet and other interesting facts at theis interactive feedingsession.

Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 June

Time: 12.40pm & 4.35pm (15 mins persession)

 

Birdie Encounter

Meet Emmett the Eurasian eagle owl and his other feathered friends, all of whom were hand-reared at the Breeding & Research Centre. Have your cameras ready to capture a photo with Emmett!

Dates: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 June

Time: 2.00pm (15 mins)

 

The Breeding and Research Centre is open between 8.30am – 6pm daily. There is no additional charge to visit the Centre, but normal Park admission charges apply (Adult: $18 / Child: $12).

So come on down and visit these adorable chicks and birds!

For more information visit http://www.birdpark.com.sg/