As I think I’ve said before on the 50-pager thread, I really, really want to believe that the NPS is doing it’s very best with the limited funds available… but, I’m sorry, I’m yet to be convinced.
I remember when we “rescued” our grey from a pet shop 5 years ago. He was a total monkey-nut junkie, and yes, because we knew no better at that time, we thought it was wonderful to watch him holding that nut in his foot, crack it open and savour the kernels within. Just like the visitors to the Parrot Zoo do, I’m sure.
That is, of course, until we read about the risk of Aspergillosis and the monkey nuts were promptly chucked in the bin. See The National Parrot Trust article here:-
The Zoo is open daytime hours, 7 days a week? The visitors are presumably un-restricted in the volume of monkey-nuts they’re allowed to buy and feed to the “residents”? Like kids, parrots will eat all the good (unhealthy) stuff, and then when it comes to mealtimes, they won’t be able for the “good stuff”.
I still cannot see past the general lack of information provided, other than the media-friendly portrayals of a sunny, colourful day-out for the school holidays. Where's the education for the visitors to tell them how and why many of the parrots ended up in the Sanctuary in the first place? Perhaps this does exist, but with a 1000 mile round trip on my hands to come see for myself, I’m reliant on the internet for all my info.
I'm worried also, that if such education isn't available, then kids especially, following their visit to the Sanctuary/ Zoo will leave wanting nothing less than to get a pet parrot and so continuing the cycle of the unwanted!!!
Looking on youtube for any video footage of the place I could find, I came across this,
of a local "leisure park" which seems to "use" some of the parrots from the Sanctuary as part of the afternoon's entertainment-extravanganza (is there a vomit smilie please?) - I’m sorry, but the though of subjecting any bird to this makes me shudder !!!! :roll:
Love them or hate them... the bottom line seems to be that they are the biggest, and most publicised parrot Sanctuary/Rescue/Zoo in the UK... whether they are they best, I am a long way from being convinced.
PS also found a youtube video of the african grey aviary here:-