Paradise Park is a wildlife sanctuary and tourist attraction. The Park is family run and home to Operation Chough since 1987, and the World Parrot Trust registered charity from 1989.
We have 14 acres and the ‘recommended route’ signs will lead you to the Victorian walled garden, shady jungle walk, the Fun Farm, past Glanmor House to the picnic lawn and play areas. We are still working on ‘The Tropics’, a new range of aviaries designed for colourful parrot species from the world’s tropical regions, south-facing with heated huts, six of the aviaries are now complete. We grow exotic plants in the walled garden, nectar-rich annual flowers is sunny areas, snowdrops and ramsons in the shade and a new woodland walk is being developed to increase the range of habitats for visitors and native wildlife.
The Park is home to over 1,000 birds plus mammals including Red Pandas, Red Squirrels, Asian Otters, Harvest Mice plus the Fun Farm animals. See some of the species information here. We specialise in endangered parrots and many other rare species, with on-site fundraising for many conservation projects, local and worldwide.
You’ll meet stunningly colourful birds including from the parrot family, Humboldt’s Penguins, Caribbean Flamingos, Cornwall’s Red-billed Choughs, Golden and Bald Eagles, Kookaburras, hornbills, cranes and so many more. In the summer join in Carrot Time on the Fun Farm with mini donkeys, pygmy goats and sheep, and cute rabbits and guinea pigs.
The amazing summer ‘Eagles of Paradise’ display at noon gives you the opportunity to see birds like Archie the Bald Eagle and Tangee the Palm-nut Vulture close-up as they fly over and around you during these very informative and interesting flying displays. Meet the keepers and birds at the end of the show to ask questions and for great photo opportunities.
You can’t fail to be amazed by the birds at the summer afternoon ‘Free Flying Bird Show‘ which runs from Easter to September at 3:30pm. Presenters explain the natural bird behaviours on display in a wonderfully entertaining way.
Operation Chough aimed to see the chough back on Cornwall’s cliffs, now we work to re-establish it elsewhere – in Jersey a second generation of our released birds fly free after an absence of 100 years and we are in discussion with other potential UK release projects.
The World Parrot Trust charity has conservation and welfare projects worldwide and has helped the survival of 70 species of parrot in 43 countries. One welfare project is in the UK – we were alerted to the plight of nearly 200 macaws in a crumbling UK breeding facility. Our staff played a key role in creating a new specially built facility and moving the parrots. www.parrots.org
We feel privileged to be in a position to give visitors opportunities to experience the beauty of nature and understand its complexity. This is a time of heightened awareness, Sir David Attenborough has it right “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”.