Ardastra Gardens

Flamingos, lorikeets and more

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Most famous for its “drill birds,” this zoo and conservation center puts on the pink flamingo show three times (10:30, 2:15, 4) a day. It truly is impressive, how the birds are trained to march in military fashion.

Even more amazing to me is that the birds walk around the grounds throughout the day and are so easy to capture in photographs, because they’ve lost their fear of people, so you can get quite close.

Another bright spot in the otherwise unspectacular zoo is the lorikeet feeding. Again, it’s the close contact with these beautiful birds — which land on your head, shoulder, and arms in anticipation of a hand-out — that makes it an awesome encounter and photo opp. Feedings are at 11, 1:30, and 3:30.

The rest of the grounds’ 5-1/2 acres hold more than 300 birds, monkeys, snakes, and iguanas from around the tropics, organized in no particular pattern. Many are endangered species from the Caribbean and South America. Lush vegetation provides welcome shade and eye candy.

At A Glance

(242) 323-5806
$16 adults, $8 ages 4-12

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