We had a very enjoyable few hours this morning at the Parrot Zoo, Friskney, not far from Boston in Lincolnshire. It is the only dedicated Parrot Zoo in Europe; has the largest collection of rescued parrots in the UK; and incorporates the National Parrot Sanctuary, which was originally created to take in unwanted or abused parrots from across the country. It opened to the public in 2003, and is now home to a diverse collection of over 100 species of parrots and parakeets, and some other birds, mammals and reptiles. It has had some bad press in the past, but I couldn’t see any cause for concern. The zoo is now home to almost 2000 parrots and parakeets, and they all looked pretty happy, healthy and well looked after to me. The zoo is right out in the countryside, and has over 15 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, and spacious aviaries and enclosures. There is a walk through aviary, where you can get really close to Lorikeets, and smaller parrots as they fly around your head. If you’re lucky, one may perch on your shoulder while you feed it with peanuts!
Today I have seen many different kinds of parrots and parakeets; African Grey, Major Mitchell, Cockatoos, Amazons, Red, Blue and Green Macaws, and startlingly coloured Conures, to name but a few.
There were also some Kookaburras, Red-billed Toucans, Tortoises, Ring-tailed Lemurs, and an enclosure with Meerkats, including some babies.
All in all, a delightful way to spend a morning!