Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, Key West

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#4 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
Environmental activist Nancy Forrester shares her sanctuary for unwanted macaws with the public to advocate for wild & captive parrots & encourage people to live ethical lifestyles for a sustainable planet. 10 to 11 Guided storytelling and handling, 11 to 3 Self-guided
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  • It was very educational and Nancy really loves the beautiful birds. If you like parrots or are curious about them, stop by. She can certainly use some items to help her in caring for these lovely parr...  more »
  • Nancy does such an excellent job presenting her Birds and her love of the environment! We were spellbound by her knowledge and her stories. The gorgeous large Parrots obviously loved her and the birds...  more »
  • Nancy is passionate about parrots and has rescued many. She allowed us to see them close up and learn about their habits. It's a shame her gardens are now so small. From what I heard, she used to have...  more »
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  • NOPE! NO WAY! A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY! My husband and I went here thinking we would be able to interact with the birds in some capacity. We were completely wrong. First, its off the path and in a neighborhood. Once you go through the side gate and go to the back yard you put your money, $10 a person, in a jar on the table. Once in the backyard you see all the birds, about 50 of them all in cages. Half do not even have feathers. They don't let you feed them or hold them. They basically sit down and "educate" you on how hard it is to own a bird and how dangerous they can be. It was awful and a complete shame. I would never recommend this place to anyone. DO NOT WASTE your time or money. Good luck.
  • I wanted to explore some of the lesser known attractions of Key West. If you're even a little interested in parrots or birds, this is well worth checking out. Found out lots of interesting things about parrots, and got to see some really beautiful birds. Check it out, oh, and donate, because birds aren't exactly great for contributing towards their own expenses.
  • My first and favorite stop in Key West so far—Nancy is actually an engaging and inspiring ecological artist, and there's more to her work beyond only parrot rescue, rehab and education (not to lessen its importance or depth). But if you get beyond the parrots, ask about her local work with rainforest plants and trees in Key West from a few years ago, and engage with her on conservation and activism. A true gem of a local story awaits your ears. Thanks for everything you do Nancy!
  • Her garden had to downsize to a small area where Nancy brings some of her birds outside behind the house. Nancy is a warm and caring person and will take time from her busy schedule to give a tour, introduce people to some of the birds, and answer questions. She showed us several birds the day we stopped by and she told us of the history of the property and some of the birds' stories. "Baby" was stunning and the cockatoo that danced and played keyboard on her phone was awesome! Thanks, Nancy, and I hope you have a great birthday!
  • Nancy is such a kind, compassionate and dedicated woman. We absolutely fell in love with Molly the cockatoo. 😍 This was such an unexpected little treasure. It was actually our favorite part of Key West.
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