Yes we are changing yet again, more internal than external but we are in the process of having a total revamp. New people doing new roles, a whole new computerised admin and back up system, we are getting posh in our old age.
We have had the best year ever regarding the parrots and hopefully as the numbers within the pet trade slows as we predicted, then the numbers being taken in to rescues will also diminish. We have however just taken a large batch from a rescue in the north who sadly closed down due to low standards being maintained, all too common I fear as many new ones take up in the rescue world, not knowing the full implications, this is no disrespect to their attempts but even experienced parrot keepers such as David Woodbury ( I have been informed he had over 20 years of experience breeding and keeping parrots), he too fell victim to it as Trustee of Parrotcare UK the charity that sadly was closed down after causing severe neglect to the parrots in its care. Fortunately some kind people and the vet Neil Forbes stopped all that. But then who ends up with more birds through it ….Yes yours truly the National Parrot Sanctuary, fortunately we are geared for such events so it didn’t cause us any problems really, saying that, we do seem to be having an increase of calls from concerned members of many rescues asking if we will take in birds.
As many of our visitors will know, “There’s more than just parrots at the parrot zoo”…. (you have to sing that bit, like they do in our adverts 🙂 ), although the emphasis and ethos of the charity will always remain, through the involvement of other members of the management team we are now introducing more rescued animals to both offer them long-term care and to give our visitors a slightly different experience. We have rolled this out over the past three years or so and it has worked tremendously with our visitors giving us nothing but praise in our in-house surveys, this in mind you will see many new faces appear here at the sanctuary both animal and people as we are ready to expand even more, moving on to the next 10 acres of development, the most exciting thing for me will be the construction of the new African Grey enclosure which will be a first in the UK and by far the largest Grey colony outside of Africa.
Our research department has again had another paper published, don’t know if that means I am getting cleverer …probably not … and that too will expand over the next 12 months.
Our medical team is also on the up, with two of our girls just completing their vet nursing and will be working with both our existing vet along with our new vet…..Why two? I hear you ask, the answer is easy, our main vet is a real expert in Parrots and members of the avian world along with a great interest in mammals while our new vet will have have the same in reverse, an expert in the animals side of things with a yearning to learn more about parrots, so win win really.
Our new Animal Holding Enclosure is nearly complete and if you have been following our Facebook page you will have seen the pictures of stage by stage development, along with the many blooming selfies I have had to endure, only 80 more and that will be the yearly dosage, I will attempt to get some links on here so you can catch up on them should you so wish…
Right I am going to sign off as I am passing another section of my work over today to another member of staff, Not have a lot to do soon 🙂 but I need to make sure it’s all in order, and on saying that the heavens have opened and we are getting our first bit of rain for a long time…
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