Vogelpark Avifauna, Alphen aan den Rijn

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Vogelpark Avifauna is a large bird park in Alphen aan den Rijn, in the western Netherlands. It was the first dedicated bird park in the world. The park has a lot of greenery and ponds, and also a restaurant and a children's playground. The park is owned by the Van der Valk group.HistoryThe zoo was set up in the garden of the Ten Rhijn estate by the owner, Van den Brink, and it was opened on 17 May 1950, the first bird park in the world. Toucans were featured on the posters for the park's opening, and a toucan has been depicted on the zoo's logo since, and also on the logos of the Van der Valk restaurant chain and Hotel Avifauna, which is situated on the edge of the park.On the night of 23 December 2005 a fire broke out. About twenty birds were killed. The stables and an adjoining house were completely destroyed by the fire, and replacement buildings were completed in 2008.In the night of 25 to 26 September 2014, a large number (36) of birds were stolen from the park. Although most of them have been found in an ongoing investigation, unfortunately, a few have died due to neglect from the thieves.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a really lovely bird park with some great exotic birds. There are also some red pandas and lemurs to see too. The bird demonstrations were amazing with some great surprise fly-bys from various...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We came for the brooding cassowary, but were surprised by Avifauna as a whole. Beautiful animals, which in terms of well-being also nothing. Fun for kids, but adults put something on. highlight and an absolute "must see" is the world bird show: a whirling, cheerful and incredibly handsome executed show with all kinds of beautiful birds. And the compliments to the gentlemen of the kwetterkar that us all kinds of fun facts as such. 2.5 hours twice for car and the trip completely worth it!
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  • August 9, 2017
    With the grandchildren a day of bird watching. Well those are there enough. Especially with the Jumbo Day out of action an affordable day out. Parking free. Beautifully maintained park and to see lots of birds but also monkeys where you can walk. Also attending the flying bird show is an experience. The Osprey and the OWL seen flying is a beautiful face. Unfortunately at our show this time no Macaws. Also the Lori's (in their own stay) is a joy to watch. Beautiful colors and they are stuck with large numbers on your head, arms or shoulders to many little touches of the nectar. Plenty of opportunities for a snack and a drink and for the kids there is always a large playground with arcade. Just one more time!
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  • June 3, 2017
    Perfect day to visit. Not to crowded. Great to see the birds and learn a few things. Will visit again!
  • April 28, 2017
    Very nice bird zoo. Incredible amount of different types of birds. Some are in old fashioned cages, but lot are free or in large cages where the public can enter also.
  • June 5, 2017
    Very nice day spent at avifauna with kids. Green, and kids friendly. U can even enjoy a carnivore‚Äč bird demonstration. Or relax in a play area where ur kids can play nicely.
  • April 25, 2017
    The park has the most beautiful birds and wonderful monkeys. It's a joy to watch the spectacular birds how's and to watch the kids have fun in the huge playground!
  • January 29, 2017
    We visit the Avifauna restaurant every year. I always love their all-you-can-eat brunch. They have a lot of different food with great service. It is also nice to walk around the park and being able to feed the birds (rainbow lorikeet).

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