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
Birds of Eden the largest free flight bird aviary in the world, Plettenberg Bay Garden Route Adventures South Africa
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Red-feathered Birds Suffer From Eye Damage

Birds with red, orange or chestnut feathers are more likely to suffer from eye damage, researchers have found.

Scientists discovered the link after analysing the lenses in the eyes of 81 different species of bird.

Birds known for their bright flashes of colour, such as robins, were found to be more prone to cataracts.

Dr Ismael Galvan from Paris-Sud University, who led the study, said the results could have implications for other species, including humans.

A cataract is when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, limiting the passage of light and affecting vision.

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The Isis Global Conservation Effort Takes A Dramatic Step Forward

Prominent zoos and aquariums worldwide lead efforts to preserve wildlife through cooperation.

Eagan, Minnesota (April 2, 2012) – Today, 88 zoos and aquariums in 19 countries are live on the latest version of the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) application. This web-based, global database gives these institutions – and eventually almost 800 more ISIS members – access to basic biologic, collection management, husbandry, and health and disease information on wild animals in human care. This comprehensive knowledgebase, built over the last 40 years, will be used to enhance local care and international conservation efforts.

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Caribbean Flamingoes

At Birds of Eden we currently give permanent and secure sanctuary to three Greater Flamingoes and three Caribbean Flamingoes. This week I will elaborate a bit about the awesome Caribbean Flamingoes which are often referred to as American Flamingoes as they are the only naturally occurring species of Flamingo in America. Interestingly the word Flamingo is derived from the Latin word for “Flame”.

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Roseate Cockatoo

photo by Fred Deckers

At Birds of Eden we are providing sanctuary to an amazing cockatoo whose name is “Rosie”. She has a splendid plumage of grey and pink, with a pinkish white cap. “Rosie” is already seventeen years of age and anybody who has met her has instantly come to adore her. She often greets our guests with “Hello, what’s the time? These are the only words she repeats having learned them from her previous owner. After almost eighteen months of rehabilitation, “Rosie” is now at home and flying confidently all over the indigenous forest and often lands on the barriers of our boardwalk to chat to the guests.

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Welcome Baby Ibis!

This week we welcomed some new Scarlet Ibis babies to our ever expanding bird population. The Scarlet Ibis is recognized as the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago and can be seen in the tropical zones of South America. As the name suggests it is a bird with vivid scarlet plumage and black wing tips. The bright feathers are diet dependant; the birds require carotene, which they acquire in their natural habitats of swamps and lagoons by eating red crustaceans. In many captive situations the feathers lose their vivid coloring, becoming increasingly paler with each successive moult. At Birds of Eden however, the birds retain their brilliant plumage because we feed all our birds a completely balanced diet that meets all their requirements.

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