Bird park gets facelift

2015-07-08 06:00
LEFT: Khumbu Luthuli,         Conservation Officer at Umdoni Bird Park.

LEFT: Khumbu Luthuli, Conservation Officer at Umdoni Bird Park.

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THE bird park recently received a welcome facelift as eThekwini Municipality­ allocated R40 000 to re-thatch the umbrella tables.

“The money from the budget was allocated to three nature reserves that had a problem with thatching, Umdoni Bird Park being one of them,” said Khumbu Luthuli, conservation officer at the park.

The Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit, which runs the Wednesday tea garden as a fundraising­ project, has welcomed the initiative, and is glad for the investment in the upkeep of the park. Even though the work was not fully completed by last Wednesday, the park’s tables and chairs were filled to capacity and volunteers had their hands full serving customers.

Luthuli said the biggest challenge at the park is sewage running into the pond, which feeds into the Amanzimtoti River.

“I work with Amanzimtoti Conservancy and we have addressed the issue with water and sanitation. Things have improved since last September - it is now acting faster when we alert it and come on the same day to try to fix the problem,” Luthuli­ said.

She said they are also working with councillors and community leaders, which “has been of great help”.

“When the community complains, we don’t take offence. We view it as a partnership and do our best to improve. Sometimes we are more focussed on the biodiversity, we see the public input as a way of alerting us to focus on the next project.”

Responding to public concerns that the birds are “going hungry and no longer” being fed, Luthuli said that the birds are wild and have the ability to migrate and return in the right season.

She said their zoo departments have budgets­ for bird seed.

The bird park is open from 7am to 5.30pm daily. Entrance is free

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