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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve was first opened as a Nature Park in 1993. In 2002, 130 hectares were officially gazetted as a Nature Reserve. The park was renamed Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve to better reflect its status.
Also in 2002, the Reserve was recognised as a site of international importance for migratory birds and awarded a certificate by Wetlands International. This marked the Reserve's formal entry into the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Flyway Site Network (which includes Australia's Kakadu National Park, China's Mai Po – Inner Deep Bay and Japan's Yatsu Tidal Flats).
In 2003, the Reserve was recognised as Singapore's first ASEAN Heritage Park.
Since then Sungei Buloh has expanded to include 202 hectares of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests, providing an even larger sanctuary for the plants and animals that call it home. This includes an extension, opened in 2014, which houses the Visitor Centre and new trails for visitors to explore and enjoy.