World of Birds sanctuary faces shut down

Iconic Cape Town bird park World of Birds is facing possible closure.

The World of Birds sanctuary is situated in Hout Bay and is known for being the largest bird park in Africa.

The 45-year-old park has once again fallen on tough financial times, explains founder Walter Mengold.

This, despite welcoming 1000 visitors each year for the past two years.

The sanctuary cares for approximately 3 000 birds and animals and is in desperate need of funding.

Mengold says the water crisis, bird flu outbreak and tough economic climate have all had an impact on financial operations.

He explains that the facility is considering selling off some of its land in order to make ends meet until the end of the year.

Mengold maintains that the tourist destination is up there with natural sites such as Kirstenbosch Gardens, Table Mountain and Cape Point, and should be preserved at all costs.

It's one of the most important tourist venues in Cape Town.

Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

We are at the critical point again where the overheads of R650 000 have overtaken the income.

Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

At least three quarters of the animals and birds were brought to us uninvited, unsolicited, all in need of help and care.

Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

We are trying everything that we possibly can to keep the expenses down to keep on functioning.

Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

We don't know yet how we are going to make it through the second half of this year.

Walter Mengold, founder at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park

Take a listen to the founder explain the situation:


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