www.birdsofeden.co.za


contact personLara Mostert telephone 044 534 8906
mobile cellphone082 9795683 fax
street address16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2 postal address
website urlwww.birdsofeden.co.za email address
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Click to Enlarge Birds of Eden www.birdsofeden.co.za is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Eden's specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 3,000 birds of around 200 species, including touracos, barbets, parrots, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and cranes.

Also living at Birds of Eden are some of the miniature primates who are too small for its sister sanctuary Monkeyland www.monkeyland.co.za : Cotton-top tamarins, golden-handed tamarins and bushbabies. Furthermore, giant fruit bats from South East Asia can be admired in this stunning space.

The terrain includes a deep gorge with a waterfall and the highest point in the aviary is approximately 50m, covering all the treetops and allowing ample flying space for its winged inhabitants. Since most of the birds have spent their entire lives in captivity, this is their first chance to make adequate use of their wings and to experience natural avian behaviour. It is questionable whether these birds would survive such an adventure in the real wild, because they have been raised in circumstances where their education did not prepare them for natural predators, or to forage and hunt for their subsistence.

There are several beautiful spots for relaxing in the sanctuary, such as our large wooden deck in the forest, the pavilion situated in the middle of a waterfowl-filled dam, the surrounding landscaped areas, the adjoining (outsourced) restaurant and a wooden amphitheatre in an ambient forest setting, which seats up to 200 people.