Durban bird park saved from closure

2009-09-26 00:00

STAFF at Durban’s uMngeni Bird Park are overjoyed that the park has been given a lifeline by the eThekwini executive committee (Exco), which has offered to buy the park from Tsogo Sun Gaming.

The park, famous for its variety of bird species, closed in September after Tsogo Sun Gaming found that it is no longer financially viable.

The city is negotiating with Tsogo Sun Gaming and hopes to pay R2,5 million for the land and R2 million for the birds.

Park manager Shaun Wilkinson said the staff are excited that they will still have their jobs.

“This is great news for staff. We are awaiting further details from the city. For now, our collection of birds is still intact,” he said.

eThekwini Mayor Obed Mlaba said the park has been part of the city for a long time and boasts an extensive collection of different bird species.

“… it’s one of the major components for our development in the country. The birds we have kept in the city should always be maintained for the good of our future generations and our visitors,” he said.

The city decided to rescue the park after it found that closing it would have a negative impact on local tourism.

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