Enjoy viewing over 3,000 birds of all kinds; seen in walk-through aviaries, while the Magic Forest of tropical plants, birds ... More
World of Birds
Enjoy viewing over 3,000 birds of all kinds; seen in walk-through aviaries, while the Magic Forest of tropical plants, birds and monkeys will captivate and enthuse children of all ages. The daily feeding of the Pelicans, Penguins, birds of prey and the special Black Eagle are events not to be missed. Other animals, such as Meerkats and Leguwaans make this a place of great interest to children. There is a cafe, which serves breakfast, light lunches and tea and coffee, as well as a curio shop with bird paraphernalia.
The World of Birds in Hout Bay, Cape Town is a total shame. The drinking and pond water for the birds was filthy. The burrowing owls are kept in a fish tank like enclosure that is about 2m x 1m, with no fresh air. The marmoset monkeys are also kept behind glass in small enclosures and are showing visible signs of stress. At least three "aviaries" have only chickens and pigeons. While other birds are forced to live in cramped cages. It costs R70 to enter the World of Birds. I did not mind paying this as I thought it was going to a good cause, but in truth it is a money making scheme where the birds and other animals are being exploited and forced to live in inhumane conditions. It seems that no money is going towards the upkeep and care of its inhabitants. When I queried the manger about the dismal conditions he was aggressive and defensive. There are signs allover saying "excuse the mess, limited maintenance while birds are breeding", so they won't clean the water but they still allow hundreds of tourists through with flash photography, how does this make sense??. I would NEVER again visit the World of Birds or suggest it as a place to visit. If you are a bird lover and would like to see thousands of different bird species, please visit birds of Eden in the Craggs (Plettenberg Bay). There the birds have free flight are being looked after with great care. World of Birds in Hout Bay, you should be shut down!!!
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