Country: South Africa
Opend April 1984
This is Aricas largest birdpark. Designed and built in an old quarry site on the banks of the Umgeni River, just 10 minutes outside Durban, the Umgeni River Bird Park is one of the greatest attractions of the city. Walk-through aviaries, birds out on perches, wonderful green vegetation, some amazing waterfalls and rock faces all combine to make this a very special place to visit. The Umgeni River Bird Park’s main feature is a free-flight show that has as its focus a conservation theme to inspire visitors, as birds glide past them in full and unrestricted flight. To appreciate the beauty of the natural world around them. Macaws, a Cape Vulture, the critically endangered Wattled Crane and others take part in the first show of its kind in Africa. This show is scheduled at certain times during the day and is really worth seeing. Together with the SA Crane Working Group, they are involved in a Wattled Crane breeding and release programme to try and counter the fact that there are just 250 of these beautiful birds left in the country. They are hand-reared using a glove puppet, lest they think they are human, and then released near Dullstroom. Other birds you can look forward to seeing include the Palm Cockatoo, Caribbean Flamingo and the Plalawan Peacock pheasant; and the park tries to do without caging wherever they can, so that one has the feeling that the birds are in their natural habitat. A pair of Fish Eagles nest just outside the park, away from view, but if you are lucky you might hear them call.
Due to economic crises it was closed down in 2009, but reopened in 2010 with financial aid frome the city
Open : minimum 9am-5pm
Entrace fee: Yes
For kids: Playgrounds and pettingarea
Food: The Bird Park has a places where you can get a snack
Taking photos: Is allowed, if publiciesed, please mention the zoo on your homepage
Phone number (0)31 579-4600
Fax number: (0)31 579-4574
Address: Umgeni River Bird Park, 490 Riverside Road, Durban North, Durban, South Africa
Where to finde the Park:
I don't have any guides of this Bird Park. Does any body know if they made any guides? And where I can get those?
In the year 2009 they had theire 25th anniversarry. Have they made any books on this occassion?