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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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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  • Exceptional bird park. Wide range of species from all different types (from Tropical to Penguins to Birds of Prey to Pelicans). Birds look very well looked after the with large spacious enclosures. Great day out for any family and highly recommended for any bird lover like myself. Note: If you stay in the neighbouring Hotel (Hotel Avifauna), the entrance fee to the bird park is free! Did you know: This was the World's First Dedicated Bird Park in the World (opened 17 May 1950)
  • Super large park with many species of birds, the room with the parrots was fantastic. Great pictures and lots of fun. Love it.
  • Animals are well looked after. The shows and animals are all amazing. Overall a great experience but it's quite expensive.
  • Its a really nice Bird Park. Theres a bunch of cool birds to check out and cool shows. I really liked this 1 bird who kept pecking my shoes. Its also great because you are able to get really close to the birds, and even interact with them.
  • Nice place to hang around with kids for a day. - 1 star because of hidden fee of 2 euro for all 'electric' driven venues like the air cushion (!), race cars and diggers. Also bird food (sugarwater) costs an additional 1 euro on top of the rather steep entry price.

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