Hand feed colourful parrots, see macaws fly free, plus new ‘Parrots of Paradise Quiz’ this summer!
Happy Birthday to us!
Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Hayle (home of the World Parrot Trust) is celebrating its 50th year. It’s the perfect place to see amazing wildlife and this summer it is highlighting the colourful world of parrots. Feed the lorikeets, see macaws fly free, challenge yourself with our new quiz (1st July to 4th September) to learn about the intelligent parrot family and the conservation work of Paradise Park and the World Parrot Trust. There are over 700 parrots to see at the Park including the indigo-coloured Lear’s Macaw – the only place in the UK with these endangered parrots.
A highlight of a visit and very popular with all the family, is the daily Rainbow Lorikeet feeding experience. You can buy a small pot of nectar for £1.25 and these wonderful little parrots come to perch on your hand while feeding. This takes place in their walk-through aviary in the walled garden at the centre of the Park. Fantastic photo opportunities. Plus, two daily flying shows the ‘Eagles or Paradise’ at 12 noon and ‘Free Flying Bird Show’ at 3pm, featuring many close-up experiences with parrots, on stage and flying free up high and between visitors on the picnic lawn (flying shows are weather permitting).
Other rare species include the Blue-throated and Great Green Macaws, Citron-crested Cockatoos, Sun Conures, Mitchell’s Lorikeets and many more.
The founder of Paradise Park, Mike Reynolds, set up the World Parrot Trust (WPT) in 1989 with an ambitious vision: To help save wild parrots from extinction and to ensure that companion parrots live long, healthy and happy lives. Over the years WPT has grown to become a global force that moves quickly to aid urgent welfare initiatives and support long-term conservation projects. In the last three decades the Trust has led or aided projects in 43 countries for 80 species of parrot. Today, WPT is one of the world’s largest member-based parrot conservation and welfare organisation with national branches in ten countries. Its educational print and web-based resources are utilised by tens of thousands of parrot enthusiasts each month, and its uniquely effective approach produces substantial and long-lasting results.
Daily Events and activities at Paradise Park this summer
• The huge indoor ‘JungleBarn’ play centre is fabulous fun whatever the weather. With giant slides, challenging soft play and toddlers’ zone it’s great fun for all the family. Please book the ‘Park & JungleBarn’ tickets to include this in your visit. • Help feed the cute Pygmy goats and Ouessant sheep down on the Fun Farm. Each day there are 150 little bags of ‘Goat and Sheep Food’ which are 50p and available on entry. • See the new little otters Pippin and Katarni being fed at 10:30am and 4:30pm in their pool near the aptly named ‘Otter Pool Café’. • The colony of penguins are fed twice a day and include a Keeper talk at 11am and 2:30pm. • 12 noon is the amazing ‘Eagles of Paradise’ display. You may see Tangee the Palm-nut Vulture, Dakota the Bald Eagle, Angelo the Bateleur Eagle or Bong the Kookaburra. • Feed the little Rainbow Lorikeet parrots at 1:30pm. A fantastic experience! Buy a small pot of nectar and help feed these wonderful parrots in their walk-through aviary in the walled garden. • The popular ‘Free Flying Bird Show’ at 3pm features macaws, Amazon parrots, choughs and other birds flying free. On the stage and across the picnic lawn. A great opportunity to learn about natural bird behaviours in a wonderfully entertaining way. • On good weather days the Jungle Express Train, with Zebedee its loco, will be out for a spin! Board the train near the picnic lawn and set off through the gardens of Glanmor House on two circuits around the grounds of the house (not the whole Park). Includes the top section of Parrot Jungle, a trip through a tunnel with Twinkly Lights leading to behind the scenes at the back of the house. For train times please check when you arrive. There is a small extra charge. • Treat yourself to a light lunch or cream tea, with Kids’ Lunchboxes and ice creams available at the Otter Pool Café, with plenty of picnic tables and benches throughout the Park, plus snack bar inside the JungleBarn Play Centre.
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