A new aviary for rare and endangered birds has opened at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The specially built aviary, costing £50,000 and covering almost 90 square metres, features birds from South-East Asia including Luzon bleeding-heart doves, Bali starlings, Palawan peacock pheasants and pied imperial pigeons. In the wild many of these birds are struggling because of deforestation and illegal wildlife trade.
Trevor Franks, curator of birds at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “I’m thrilled with this new aviary and it will provide lots of opportunities for breeding in the future as well as showcasing our amazing collection of birds.”
The new aviary provides a link with Bristol Zoological Society’s conservation work in the Philippines.
The Society has been conducting island-wide surveys of mammals and birds on the islands of Negros and Panay, helping to discourage illegal hunting in the area and generating additional income for local people.
Bristol Zoological Society is supporting future conservation work being carried out by its partner organisation in the Philippines, Panaycon, and carrying out vital research into the animals that live there under a project sponsored by Airbus.
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