Existence of Singapadu village where the Bali Bird Park (BBP) is located has a lot of potential and uniqueness. Many interesting things can be seen by tourists such as the silversmith, carvers and even the way of life remaining to preserve the Balinese customs. It was revealed by Ngakan Made Agung, Director of Sales & Marketing of the BBP at the Launching of the BBP Cycling Package.
“Cycling package is launched to give more options to tourists coming to the BBP so that they cannot only look at the wildlife and conservation, but also can see the pristine village offering the overlay of magnificent rice fields as well as the environment around the Singapadu village. It will be able to develop more potential for the Singapadu tourism village and contribute more to the public about the presence of cycling in terms of economic point of view,” added Ngakan.
As been known, other than being the first conservation tourist attraction in Bali, the Bali Bird Park has a collection of the biggest and best birds. These animals do not only come from Indonesia, but also from Africa and South America. This educational recreation area spreads across the area of 2.5 hectares with a beautiful landscape. About 2,000 tropical plants including 50 varieties of palm trees become the collection so that they can attract a lot of butterflies and are capable of providing protection to nearly 1,000 birds of 250 different species. It is divided into areas to create a natural bird habitat, completed with plants and traditional artifacts for the authenticity, so that the habitats here will be comfortable.
The BBP currently has a collection of 1,000 birds belonging to 250 different species, nine species of bright colored parrots from South America such as the Scarlet Macaw and Toucan Hyacinth Macaw. The latter is the largest parrot in the world. Besides, there is also Flamingo posing one of the oldest birds. Based on the fossil record, the Flamingo has existed on earth since the 30-50 million years ago. The other uniqueness is the presence of Grey African Parrots that has the ability to mimic human speech
Meanwhile, the archipelagic collection of birds is brought in from Papua, Kalimantan, Java and Bali. The bird of Bali becoming the mascot and classified into endangered species is the Bali Starling (Leucopsar Rothschildi). This rare bird is bred in the Bali Bird Park as a part of the conservation program. Other than functioning as a recreation object, the BBP also serves as a place of education and learning. On that account, this location is equipped with facilities of breeding, research and veterinary medicine. Its achievement rate is quite high in terms of reproduction of birds.
“Currently, the strength of the BBP is Bird Show as well as the services related to the sanitation and friendliness. Natural landscape with the support of 120 employees makes the tourist attraction draw tourist arrival up to 1,000 people per day. In June, our arrival increased 50 percent compared to the same month last year. They consist of domestic tourists and foreign tourists from Europe, Asia, Russia and Australia. Over all the achievement, we got an award from Trip Advisor as the best tourist attraction in Gianyar County,” concluded Ngakan. (BTN/014)