World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

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World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
Swinhoe's Pheasant RWD.jpg
Swinhoe's pheasant at World of Birds
Location Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Coordinates 34°1′03″S 18°21′45″E / 34.01750°S 18.36250°E / -34.01750; 18.36250Coordinates: 34°1′03″S 18°21′45″E / 34.01750°S 18.36250°E / -34.01750; 18.36250
Land area 4 hectares (9.9 acres)
No. of animals 3,000+[1]
No. of species 400[1]
Annual visitors 100,000[1]
Website World of Birds

World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park (often shortened to World of Birds) is an avian, reptilian and wildlife sanctuary in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town in South Africa. As suggested by its name, the focus is primarily on birds and monkeys. It is the largest African bird park[1] and among the bird parks in the world with the higher number of species.[2]

Exhibits and species[edit]

Of the approximately 400 animal species,[1] about 330 are birds; the third highest bird diversity of any zoo that primarily focuses on this animal group (only Weltvogelpark Walsrode and Jurong Bird Park are above).[2] The vast majority of the birds in the park are exhibited in walk-through aviaries. In total there are more than 100 aviaries.[3]

Among the many birds are groups such as penguins, rheas, waterfowl, eagles, owls, pelicans, flamingos, pheasants, parrots, hornbills, turacos and weavers. Among mammals are various monkeys (such as baboons, marmosets and tamarins), meerkats and porcupines,[4] and reptiles include green iguana, monitor lizards and tortoises.[5]

In addition to exhibiting animals, World of Birds has a breeding center for threatened species and wildlife rehabilitation for injured (wild) birds.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Welcome to World of Birds. Retrieved 6 June 2012
  2. ^ a b International Zoo Yearbook (2011). Zoos and Aquariums of the World, pp. 282-430. Vol 45, issue 1
  3. ^ Birds – Welcome to World of Birds. Retrieved 6 June 2012
  4. ^ Mammals – Welcome to World of Birds. Retrieved 6 June 2012
  5. ^ Reptiles – Welcome to World of Birds. Retrieved 6 June 2012
  6. ^ World of Birds, Cape Town. AboutCapeTown. Retrieved 6 June 2012

External links[edit]

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