Parque das Aves works for a better world, where people can live in harmony with nature. Because of that, it keeps 16 hectares of Atlantic Rainforest and more than 1,400 birds, of about 150 species, more than 50% of them coming from apprehensions (see our numbers here). The Park also participates in several species conservation programs.
Below you get to know a bit more about our history:
In 1976, the veterinarian Anna-Sophie Helene moved from Germany to Namibia, in Africa, where she met Dennis Croukamp. They worked together, fell in love and had two daughters: Anna-Luise and Carmel.70s
The couple received a baby Gray Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), Pumuckl, who became a family member. Soon after, other birds of the same species were brought in, and soon the family yard was filled with birds.80s
The family moved to the Isle of Man, in the United Kingdom. A friend invited them to open a crocodile park in Foz do Iguaçu. Dennis replied: "I like birds. We will create a bird park".Early 90s
With the book "Portuguese in Three Months" in hand, they bought 16 hectares next to the Iguassu National Park and began building Parque das Aves in November 1993.1993
The couple took turns traveling between the Isle of Man and Foz do Iguaçu, taking care of their daughters and the construction of the Park, planned so that no native tree needed to be cut down. They spent all their savings and, thanks to the efforts of several people who joined the cause, the Park took shape.1993
The first birds came from donations or loans from zoos. Subtropical species from all continents were also imported.1994
John Leggatt, another friend of the Croukamp family, comes to Foz do Iguassu to help founding the Butterfly House, continuing his work on the space to this day.1994
On October 7, 1994, just 11 months after Dennis and Anna had landed in Brazil, the Croukamp family inaugurated Parque das Aves.1994
One year after the Park was opened, Dennis became very ill. And two years after idealizing Parque das Aves, he passed away on the Isle of Man, at the age of 70. Today there is a memorial dedicated to him in his favorite place of the Park, in the River and Mangrove Birds Aviary.1996
Plastic artist Robyn Abrey, daughter of Dr. Alan Abrey, arrives in Foz do Iguassu to draw the entrances map of Parque das Aves. However, her love for the Park is so big that in 2013 when she came to update it, she stayed on the place, working on several other projects.1998
Anna had to take care of the Park on her own, but she was able to count on the help of incredible collaborators in the construction of a place that works for the conservation of several species, without interfering in the forest where it is installed, enchanting thousands of tourists a year.2000s
Knowing that abused birds find a refuge in Parque das Aves, threatened species have the hopes of surviving renewed due to our efforts and visitors can get to know our job, be enchanted and become part of all this is our greatest recognition.10s
We work on a number of conservation projects, mainly of vulnerable and endangered species, such as the Black-fronted Piping-guan, the Red-tailed Parrot, the Vinaceous Parrot, the Red-billed Curassow, the Alagoas Curassow and the Yellow Cardinal.10s
During this year, after learning about the disappearance of the Purple-winged Ground-Dove (Claravis geoffroyi), Dr. Carmel Croukamp, Parque das Aves CEO since 2010, decided to focus the Park's actions on the conservation of species from the Atlantic Rainforest (learn more here).2017
Parque das Aves works with rescued birds, providing a welcoming environment for those who can not return to nature, invests in research and reproduction of species, participates in conservation programs, as well as educates children and trains teachers with the money raised through ticket sales, consumption in the restaurants and sales in the store and kiosk.
Since its creation, the Park has been growing thanks to a team of Brazilians dedicated to continue the dreams of Dennis, being today the largest bird park in Latin America. "But there is so much left to be done!", sighs Anna.
Many thanks for your generous contribution!