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African Lion Safari

Birds

Parrots

Psittacines are comprised of parakeets, lories, parrots, cockatoos and macaws.

There are more than 330 known species of parrots although many of them are endangered or have been declared extinct.

Although some exceptional parrots survive in environments at high altitudes in snowy regions, they are mainly found in the tropical regions of Central and South America, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Most parrots are noted for their short legs, dexterous toes and remarkably strong hooked beaks. They have a great memory and an ability to mimic sound. Their intelligence has been compared to dolphins and apes.

African Lion Safari has focused its breeding efforts on psittacines since 1980. The park has been successful in breeding many larger species including the Military, Blue and Gold, Green-winged and Scarlet macaw. Some of the species are second and third generation offspring. Today this collection has grown to include between 40-60 parrots as well as several non-parrot species.

African Lion Safari’s main objective is to continue to maintain a collection of diverse psittacines that can be used for breeding, education, training and display.

Birds of Prey

All raptors are meat eaters that use their highly developed feet to catch their food. Most raptors have hooked beaks, keen eyesight, sharp talons and powerful wings. Most are spectacular fliers. Raptors can live 8 to 50 years and as a general rule, the larger the bird, the longer it can live. However, it is estimated that 80% of young raptors die in their first year in the wild.

In 1979, the Birds of Prey Conservation Centre opened at African Lion Safari with the goal of providing visitors with an opportunity to view raptors in close proximity. Within the first year of opening, the birds started to reproduce and today the Conservation Centre is home to one of the most diverse collections of raptors in Canada including many endangered and threatened species including the Bald eagle, Golden eagle, Peregrine falcon, Lugger falcon, Barn owl and Ferruginous hawk.

To date, African Lion Safari has released into the wild the Bald Eagle in Missouri, Ferruginous hawks in Alberta, Burrowing owls in Alberta and Barn Owls in Ontario and Illinois.

African Lion Safari is a participant in a captive breeding programme for the Loggerhead Shrike, a critically endangered songbird in Canada.

African Lion Safari also focuses its conservation efforts on other bird species including the stork, cane and flamingo and hopes that it can provide healthy specimens for future conservation and breeding initiatives.