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Birds of Eden: Birds of Eden is the largest free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Eden’s specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 2,000 birds of around 150 species, including louries, parrots, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and cranes. Also living at Birds of Eden are some of the miniature primates who are too small for its sister sanctuary Monkeyland: Cotton-top tamarins, golden-handed tamarins and bushbabies. Furthermore, giant fruit bats from South East Asia and tree squirrels can be admired in this stunning space. The terrain includes a deep gorge with a waterfall and the highest point in the aviary is approximately 50m, covering all the treetops and allowing ample flying space for its winged inhabitants. Since most of the birds have spent their entire lives in captivity, this is their first chance to make adequate use of their wings and to experience natural avian behaviour. It is questionable whether these birds would survive such an adventure in the real wild, because they have been raised in circumstances where their education did not prepare them for natural predators, or to forage and hunt for their subsistence. There are several beautiful spots for relaxing in the sanctuary, such as our large wooden deck in the forest, the pavilion situated in the middle of a waterfowl-filled dam, the surrounding landscaped areas, the adjoining Mistake by the Lake restaurant and a wooden amphitheatre in an ambient forest setting, which seats up to 200 people. Birds of Eden is situated 16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2. Please visit www.birdsofeden.co.za or call 044 534 8906 for more information. Monkeyland: Monkeyland is the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Its aims are to provide ex-captive primates with a healthier, more natural life and to raise public awareness about primates. Around 400 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at Monkeyland, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervets, spectacled langurs and three species of lemur. Experienced rangers guide one-hour tours through Monkeyland’s 12ha indigenous forest in English, Afrikaans, German, French, Italian and Spanish. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself. The emphasis is on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. Guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing. One of our main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements. We encourage the visiting public to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals. By working with the non-profit organisation Touch A Monkey’s Heart Foundation (NPO 008-464), Monkeyland has secured the future of all its primates. The Foundation is the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland. The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. Monkeyland is situated 16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2. Please visit www.monkeyland.co.za or call 044 534 8906 for more information.