Parrot Garden: Birds in paradise
The Parrot Garden is the one place at the Sanctuary where you can talk to an animal and someone will answer back — in English!

Many of our rescued parrots have been through multiple homes and may have special needs to boot. Because parrots live such a long time (some up to 100 years), they are likely to lose their homes many times over the course of their lives, but at the Parrot Garden they can rest and heal.

In a light-filled tropical environment, Parrot Garden residents enjoy nutritious meals, top-notch vet care, mental and social stimulation, and the attention they need to recover and thrive.

Welcome to the Parrot Garden

Parrot Garden headquarters and central aviary

This bright, safe space is designed specifically to enhance and improve the lives of our birds.

The new Parrot Garden headquarters, built in the fall of 2018, features a sturdy concrete foundation, along with updated electrical and plumbing systems.

Created with high-quality materials chosen to stand the test of time (as well as curious beaks), the brighter, safer space is designed specifically to enhance and improve the lives of our birds, however long they are with us.

Each bird who lives here has a story and each one has a unique and distinctive personality. From African greys to Amazons, from parakeets to rosellas, and from cockatiels to conures to macaws, the feathered fliers of the Parrot Garden make up a remarkably diverse and gorgeous flock.

Group of budgies perched on a branch

Parrot care and enrichment

Story time, shower socials, and even dance parties all help make time fly.

What’s a typical day for a parrot? Parrots normally eat their breakfast first thing in the morning. In fact, according to caregivers, they can become quite vocal if they don’t feel you are moving fast enough!

About an hour after breakfast, depending on weather, they are usually moved to their outdoor enclosures where they remain until the afternoon. 

During the day, the birds get plenty of attention from caregivers, volunteers and visitors. Volunteers often play music and dance with them or give them showers in the afternoon. Even shy birds who remain inside get special attention. They especially love to have volunteers sit next to their cages and read to them.

Just before caregivers leave for the day, all the birds receive dinner and treats.

Colorful parrot perched on person's arm
Parrot with red, green, and blue feathers perched on a rope
Let’s be friends!
Connect with us on our Parrot Garden Facebook group to stay in the loop about our residents.

Tour the Parrot Garden

Schedule your tour today.

Join us on a walking tour through the Parrot Garden, where you'll meet some of the colorful birds who live there. This is the one place at the Sanctuary where you can talk to an animal and she may talk back! Tours happen daily at 11 a.m. (duration 45 minutes).

This tour takes us through sand and gravel. Navigating this tour by wheelchair, though possible, is difficult. (Service animals are not allowed on the tour.)

Person feeding fruit to a bird

Volunteer at the Parrot Garden

Looking for face-to-face interaction with the birds? It’s your chance to help with daily care, provide companionship and more.

If you’ve volunteered with Best Friends before, go to the volunteer portal to see opportunities available to you.

Person holding a content bird
Sponsor a Parrot Garden resident
Touched by a parrot’s story or feel a special connection to a bird here at the Sanctuary? Provide a little extra TLC with the gift of sponsorship.

Adopt or sponsor a bird

Looking to add a feathered friend to the family? Great! Start your search today.

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Read about the birds