The renowned World of Birds, that has been nestled in Hout Bay for 38 years, faces possible closure as a result of economic down turn, drastically reduced tourism and lack of visitors.
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa, and houses more than 3 000 species of birds along with other wildlife such as mammals and reptiles, has provided a home for many species that would have otherwise lost their lives due to human encroachment. Thankfully their ‘no kill policy’ ensures that there is a home for each animal.
The organization has not received official or corporate funding since their doors have opened, and is in dire need of funds to stay afloat and maintain the health and wellbeing of the animals it cares for.
The park is an educational and recreational institution that enables visitors to learn and engage with the animals.
As a sanctuary it aims to support conservation on a global scale by sharing knowledge and propagating rare birds and mammals in a protected environment. They also aims to bring new wildlife to Cape Town by establishing local breeding centers to show that urban development and wildlife can coexist.
Some of the most recent additions to the park include a young orphaned Steenbok that arrived at the institution on 19 July.
World of Birds is encouraging the local public to sign up for the yearly membership that allows access to their facilities;
Single – R450 per person
Family – R595
Pensioners – R350 per person
Donations can also be made to the organization here.
On 12 August, World of Birds rescued over 50 birds that were housed in an aviary behind a property located in Hout Bay.
The property caught fire during the early hours of Sunday and the World of Birds team raced to the scene and gained access to the aviaries, within 30 minutes with the aid of another bird expert, all birds were retrieved and relocated to a safe location.