It was four hours full of peace as I toured around the Bali Bird Park with my little family on a fine weekend. To see thousands of bird species from up close is already mesmerizing, but to find how they are very well taken care of is really eye-opening. Bali Bird Park has done a terrific job of being a conservation park that has been running for 20 years.
Walking into the park, we were greeted by colorful giant birds at the entrance – we were surprised already, yet it was only the beginning. And as we walked further inside and breathed in the fresh air, we could see that the park was filled with big trees where colorful birds were standing on the branches, while other birds were “playing” at the banks of the man-made river.
“Is this what heaven look like?” I asked myself. I mean, how could I not be picturing of heaven when I was surrounded by the sounds of birds chirping amidst a lush greenery? With that thought in mind, I could not wait to see the inside of the park. There was a room with glass windows near the entrance – in that room, there were several incubators filled with bird eggs. Turns out, some bird species can’t take care of their eggs carefully, and that’s why the conservation team has to take the eggs and put them in incubators until they hatch.
Over 250 bird species, including 40 protected Indonesian bird species, can be found here as well as the endemic ones. Pesquet’s Parrot and Bali Starlings are only two of the many species that are bred successfully in the park. The park also takes care of many endangered and rare species from illegal trading, found by the local authorities. Without a doubt, Bali Bird Park is indeed safe haven for these beautiful creatures.
Aside from being home to numerous bird species, this place also offers a variety of interesting activities where guests can experience a direct contact with the birds. For instance, at 11 o’clock the Pelicans are having their lunch. When I got that information, we immediately went to the pond to see the Pelicans waiting to be fed. We had to wear gloves to throw fish right to the Pelicans – even when we were still getting ready, we could see they were ready to catch their food. And indeed, feeding the Pelicans was so much fun!
Then, it was time to see other attractions. As a conservation park, Bali Bird Park is committed to providing the birds the best environment to live in. And that includes the birds’ safety and convenience during the shows. On the Basic Instinct show, I could see that the birds here are not trained to fascinate people with circus-like attractions that do not fit with their original behavior. We have seen birds riding a little bicycle at the zoo or walking on the floor to reach their food and receive a round of applause – such “entertainment” is not available at Bali Bird Park.
At this park, special shows and attractions are designed to give visitors a unique and natural experience. In every attraction, well-trained staffs will invite the birds to enter the venue by flying right above the audience. We will see the birds act in their natural behavior, and witness just how intelligent they really are as they catch their food that were put on a tray or thrown into the sky by the staffs. And don’t be surprised if some birds fly to a certain direction and do not return when they are called – it is quite common, actually. The staffs will go out and usually find them in a nearby village.
Bali Bird Park is also home to a Komodo dragon. The largest species of lizard belongs to the Komodo Island is preserved here as an addition to their protected animals aside from the endangered birds. And feeding the Komodo dragon makes another interesting activity as it is scheduled only once in every two weeks because Komodo dragon has a very slow digestive system. We were very lucky to be able to witness the feeding time on the day we went to the park.
Visiting Bali Bird Park certainly gives us a new perspective of the beautiful creatures. This is definitely one of the best places to take your children to, especially on the weekend for a family quality time.
Bali Bird Park
Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Gianyar
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