Avifauna Alphen aan den Rijn Reviews
The oldest bird park in the world Apr 17, 2008
In August 1949 a major citizen of Alphen aan den Rijn; Mr. van den Brink, opened his estate for a one time event. The curious crowd was very enthusiastic about the private bird collection of Mr. van den Brink. That made him to decided creating a bird park.
When the bird park opened in 1950, it was the first bird park in the world.
The poster that was made for the opening showed a Toucan. The Toucan is still the symbol of this park and symbol the whole van der Valk company that is the current owner of the park.
In this park you can find hundreds of birds from all over the world, covering every continent of the world; vultures, eagles, owls, parrots, ostriches, flamingos, hornbills.
There's a hall named the Australian Lori Landing where a couple of dozen rainbow lorikeets are waiting for you to feed them with nectar what can be obtained at the entrance of the hall. They are waiting for you already at the entrance of the hall and they are not shy at all. Even when you're not having nectar, they come to sit on your shoulder, head, hands and even on your camera.
During the summer (April - October) period they have demonstrations with birds of prey, owls and parrots. Also during the summer they have daily feeding demonstration of the penguins.
During winter months, the park is quiet and gives you a nice opportunity to watch the birds quietly and you can take your time to look around. In just 2 1/2 hours you can see everything in the park and you even had taken your time.
From November till March, the entrance price is cut in half.
Beside the birdpark, Avifauna is also having boat trips. There's a combination ticket available for entrance to the park and a boat trip over the Brassemermeer. (reservation is advised) There are several other arrangements possible too, see their website for more information.
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