Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa

Award Winning Sanctuaries

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
There are more than 3,000 birds at Birds of Eden, comprising over 220 species.
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Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors.

The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.

Birds of Eden opened its doors to the public in December 2005. Currently over 3,500 birds live at the sanctuary.

For further information, directions etc. please contact Lara (marketing) or Lee (curator / manager).



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Ant Thrush and Bush-Shrikes

The name Ant Thrush was given by Latham in 1783 (Gen. Synops. ii. p. 87) to Buffon's Fourmilier proprement dit (Hist. Nat. Ois. iv. page 473), a bird figured by Daubenton (Pl. enl. 700  fig. 1) as the Fourmillier de Cayenne, the Formicarius torquatus of Boddaert in 1783, the Turdus formicarius of Gmelin in 1788, and the Rhopotrope torquata of 19th century systematists.  Although it should be logically recognized as the type of the genus Formicarius, Professor Cabanis in 1847 (Orn. Notiz. page 227), misled probably by G. R. Gray, removed it to one of his own making. 

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"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more. "
Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons, 1953


GPS Co-ordinates:
Turn off to Monkeyland & Birds of Eden
from N2 S33 56' 46.09" E23 29' 8.13"

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