Papegaaienpark NOP Veldhoven Reviews
Papegaaienpark Veldhoven Aug 01, 2009
I visited the Papegaaienpark together with a few friends. There is a lot to see, the "zoo" started as a refuge center for parrots. Later it became a refuge center for exotic birds. Nowadays it is a small zoo besides a lot of different birds they also have other animals.
When you enter the parc you can alsoo buy nuts that you can feed to the parrots. The birds talk to you or do strange moves to get something to eat from you. This can be very funny :)
There are also a few places where you can get something to drink and eat. And playgrounds for the children. Most of the animals are outside, but they also have a tropical indoor area.
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Sep 24, 2007
You can visit the parrot park NOP. the parrot park is situated in the Veldhoven, churchvillage Oerle. The terrain is well accessible for handicapped persons and there are large parking facilities (for free!).
At the gate of the park it already appears that very much is to be seen, because the park is situated in the middle of woods on 90.000 m².
Guided tours are possible on request and the admission fees are kept low intentionally to give everyone the opportunity to visit the park.
What is the N.O.P.?
The Dutch Foundation for the Refuge and Care of Parrots (N.O.P.) is a refuge center for all exotic birds, specifically parrots.
Since 1987 they have been busy taking in and caring for parrots. For several reasons their owners could no longer take care of them. They take in healthy parrots, but more often they have to deal with ill, weak or stressed parrots.
Private persons, organizations, government agencies such as Customs and A.I.D. (a.k.a. Fish and Wildlife Management Dutch equivalent) bring the exotic parrots to them free of charge. It is because the welfare and health of the animals is their highest priority, that they are placed within the protection of their sanctuary as soon as possible.
The N.O.P. owns property measuring 80,000 sq. meters (aprox 19.75 acres) with over 100 cages and aviaries. Here volunteers and an avian vet care for the animals. The birds receive a home for the rest of their lives.
There is also an educational center in the park where visitors can learn about parrots in the wild and the problems that come with keeping a parrot as a pet.
The Dutch Foundation for the Refuge and Care of Parrots guarantees and adheres to strict rules that govern the custody and care of all parrots that they take in. The birds brought to them will never be used for trade, animal testing or be sold. The vet, in cooperation with the NOP, makes sure there is continuous medical care.
The financing is and will be totally covered by the generosity of private donors, sponsors and gifts.
The park, which is run by the NOP, is open to the public. Donors have free access to the park all year round. Those who are not (yet) donors have to pay an entry fee. This fee is used for the care of the birds and the maintenance of the park.
Since the founding of the NOP, more than 2,200 animals have been taken in. (Not all are parrots!) These animals have all received a good home on the grounds of the Parrot-Inn.
Some animals you can see there are:
Parrots (ofcourse), potbellied pigs, hinds, kangaroos, rabbits and many other animals.