Johannesburg has been known to be a concrete jungle, the capital hub of South Africas business world. However, in the heart of Fourways, based at the cosmopolitan Montecasino is The Bird Gardens. This is not only a peaceful and calming retreat to nature, but an important vessel used to preserve our local endangered species and educate the public about a side we rarely delve into.
The Montecasino Bird Gardens is home to over 1 000 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The amazing walk through aviary offers some 60 species of birds, including scarlet sbises, royal starlings and Nicobar pigeons as well as the largest and most private collection of African cycads in the world.
The stars of the Montecasino Bird Gardens are the colorful and talented show birds which captivates audiences with breathtaking displays of free, unrestrained flight in the Flight Of Fantasy bird show.
The main aim of the park is to educate the public, with issues concerning animals in general, and to help create awareness for endangered species.
The Southern Ground Hornbill Project is aimed at taking the Southern Ground Hornbill and increasing the number in our country. Unfortunately we only have 800 individuals left. What the project does is they help hand raise the Hornbills and then increase their numbers greatly.
We can't forget about our national bird - The Blue Craine. Our Blue Craine is endemic to South Africa, which means that it can be found no where else in the world. They're found in the grassland areas here in South Africa. They were also not doing so well recently but fortunately they have managed to increase their numbers. Currently we have about 25 000 individuals in South Africa - Which ultimately become our success story!
Something that is a MUST in the gardens is the lorikeet aviary, where visitors can feed the rainbow lorikeets. Lorikeet nectar can be purchased from the ticket office.
For any more information you can call the Montecasino Bird Gardens on 011-511- 1864 or visit www.montecasino.co.za or CLICK HERE
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