World Parrot Refuge, Coombs

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Meet a variety of exotic birds at World Parrot Refuge, a home to birds that were previously pets. Volunteers care for the animals, which number several hundred. Be aware that birds are caged. Make World Parrot Refuge part of your personalized Coombs itinerary using our Coombs trip planner.
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  • Unfortunately the lady, Wendy Huntbatch, who ran it passed away and no one was willing to take it over. While it had close to 1000 parrots at one point, It was not a happy place at the end but now.....  more »
  • Went with my two daughters. The place was highly rated and recommended by the local magazines and by trip advisor who posted it as open. When arrived the place has shot down!! Wish the trip advisor...  more »
  • A wonderful place to learn about these gorgeous, amazingly-intelligent and *LOUD* animals. For those who understand our avian friends, it's a real treasure to watch doing what they do best: Being birds; Foraging, socializing and flocking together. It's also eye-opening to learn more about meeting their emotional needs (which are many) If you're curious about parrots, this is a great place to visit- Entertaining? Sure. Educational? You bet! Just remember to keep your hands to yourself, appreciating each gem from a safe distance. Talk, sing and dance with any who want to interact, but please respect each bird for the thinking and feeling creature s/he is. No scooping-up or grabbing; They're not stuffed toys! These are true wild animals that we've been gifted with the opportunity to be close to, if only for a few hours. So? If you don't respect their closeness to the wild, you *could* leave with a memory embedded in your flesh! Thank you, Wendy, for making this rare opportunity available to us all!
  • I think they ultimately do good work but we were baffled as to some of their decisions. We were warned about a couple of particular birds that like to bite, which are free to roam around. A woman walks up to us very upset and says to be careful, she was just bitten. She shows us her foot, which is bleeding pretty badly. And to be honest, the place is pretty filthy so the last place I would want an open wound would be my foot on that floor. We see 2 cockatoos sitting in the open which look on the verge of death. Serious feather pickers and they are kind of hiding, but are loose. We ask the guy what's wrong with them and he very lightly talks about how they had their heads smashed in on the concrete several times. These were two of the worst biters and when they had bitten, the person had flung them into the floor or the wall. What? Why would you expose birds that bite to people? Especially since the birds then get injured! And it had happened several times. The place is cool and it's really educational in that you will see the scope of abandoned birds in this area. It's also really large and the birds have a ton of space. I absolutely commend the people for their efforts. But I kind of think the people running the show might be a bit crazy or just stupid. Go there, but wear close-toed shoes and expose as little skin as possible. Don't bring smaller kids. Then avoid the one large open room with the macaws and you will be OK.
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