Australian galahs back in Avifauna zoo

An Avifauna keeper, very happy with the return of the galah parrots; photo: Avifauna

Translated from the Alphen CC site in the Netherlands:

August 27, 2013 13:18

Alphen aan den Rijn – After two days of searching, Avifauna Bird Park has back two galah cockatoos which had flown away Sunday afternoon during a bird free flight demonstration. An observant inhabitant of Woubrugge saw the birds sitting and called the park.

Avifauna says they are overjoyed about the return of the birds. ,,Thanks to all the media attention, because someone recognized the birds from the pictures.”

The park has reunited the birds with their carers.

19 thoughts on “Australian galahs back in Avifauna zoo

    • Decades ago, when most animals were kept in small cages, zoos certainly were disgusting.

      As this blog has documented, many zoos are very problematic right now:

      Now, commercial raptor shows are also very problematic.

      “In the Netherlands, there are scandals about trade in wild birds, especially raptors and owls. Some of these birds are used in commercial bird shows. The birds are then driven around all over the country in small cages in vans. During the shows, eagles, owls, vultures, falcons and other birds are on short leashes. Basically, the show bosses don’t tell their audiences anything about the birds during the shows.

      The Avifauna free flight demos are different from this.”


      IF everything for birds and other animals would be fine outside zoos, then there would be a good case for closing down all zoos. However, in their natural environments, animals are threatened by pesticides, hunters, being caught by the pet industry, having their nest trees destroyed, etc. etc.

      In some cases, only captive breeding in zoos of species which have become extinct in the wild are able to bring these species eventually back where they belong.

      Also, if there would be no zoos, people who want to see galahs would fly all the way to Australia in gas-guzzling planes, damaging the environment for animals.

      So, there are dilemmas here.


      • You’re a sleaze defending captive animals, we saw that with the many articles that you have posted, for example embracing White tigers, despite that they are genetically flawed.
        Why do you yourself travel to look at birds when there are carbon emissions????
        The Avi fauna that you visited have no species that have to be bred in captivity such as the Steller’s Sea Eagle.
        You’re a scumbag that embraces animal captivity!


        • Please,. try to write factually about issues without resorting to personal attacks.

          Attacking someone on the Internet who has never hurt you; quite the contrary, has tried to help you several times, does not help to solve any issues in your personal life. Something sad must have happened to you; as we got along well for a long time. And I have not changed.

          Avifauna does have Steller’s sea eagles, like

          pointed out. They have bred several times there.

          I did not “embrace” white tigers. I just pointed out they exist. Mutations like white tigers happen all the time in evolution of animals, whether in nature or in zoos. Whether white tigers or orange-black striped tigers have better chances of survival depends on environments; which change constantly during evolution.

          I Iwould not call white tigers “genetically flawed”, inferior or superior to orange-black tigers.

          Like, when the common ancestors of humans and chimpanzees split, millions of years ago, I would not say that the ancestor showing a small mutation in the chimpanzee direction was “genetically flawed”. Or that the ancestor showing a small mutation in the human direction was “genetically flawed”.


          • I don’t want to discuss with you any more as you don’t have no education or work.

            Here’s what scientists say about flawed White tigers:

            Re Steller’s Sea Eagles they don’t have to be bred in captivity as there’s a stable population in the wild.

            Flying those pathetic free flights in the Avifauna just shows how unnatural it is.
            Birds don’t belong in any Cages!!!! They need open space where they can fly miles every day!


            • I wish that the Steller’s eagle population would be stable in the wild indeed.

              However, BirdLife writes about them:

              “This species has a small, regionally declining population as a result of habitat degradation, pollution, poisoning by lead shot, and over-fishing. It therefore qualifies as Vulnerable.”



              As for your link on white tigers: the statements in that article may be either true; or untrue.

              That is not easy to verify. The article has no author’s name. And no link to a source (the link at the end is to a video; not to the article’s source). It says: Scientists say this, and Scientists say that, without linking to, or mentioning, scientific publications, or scientists’ names, on white tigers. So, the scientists may indeed say this and that, but one cannot find out that from the blog post.

              The article does mention there were wild white tigers in India in the 1950s and earlier. Not after that, it says. Which (I say) might be caused by tigers in the wild declining terribly in India since the 1950s. So people don’t see that rare mutation at the moment.

              For now, I would not call white tigers “inferior”. Like I would not call albino humans or red-haired humans inferior.


              • You have indeed a poor education. The White tiger have a recessive gen and they are inbred. One must know that inbred animals are vulnerable to sickness and abnormalities.

                The Steller’s Sea Eagle is indeed classified as vulnerable but not endangered so that classifies not to have a Ducth breeding program for them that is not intentioned to release them into the wild but keep them only for human Entertainment.


                • Autosomal Recessive
                  Some diseases or traits require two mutated copies of a specific gene in order to develop – one from each parent. In other words, both parents must have the particular gene and pass it on in order for their child to have the disease or trait. If the child receives only one copy of a recessive mutated gene, then they are called carriers; they will not develop the disease, but can pass it on to their children. When both parents are unaffected carriers (meaning that each has only one copy of a particular recessive faulty gene), then there is a 1 chance in 4 that their child will inherit the faulty gene copy from both parents and be affected by or predisposed to develop the condition or disease.


              • White horses are for example much vulnerable than their Brown or chestnut cousins.
                It’s not suitable to be White in the Nature. It’s like that with most species.


                • It may be a disadvantage for many, eg, tropical jungle species to be white. However, not for many Arctic or Antarctic species: polar bears, beluga whales, ptarmigans, snow buntings, etc. And, in temperate zones and also for some tropical animals, I don’t see great white or little white butterflies, great or little egrets, spoonbills, gulls, terns etc. really suffering because of whiteness.


                • The Arctic species are adapted , but a pale horse has a recessive gene.

                  Your examples are totally ridiculous as Arctic species change as well color.


                • Some do. Like the snow bunting migrating to temperate zones in winter. Polar bears don’t. Beluga whales don’t. Snowy owls don’t.

                  Terns, whether in the Arctic or in Africa don’t. Etc.


                • What about blondes! Your logic is really awful. We are talking about recessive genes here , not naturally White animals!


                • The mating of two horses carrying the recessive gene will statistically result in a 25% chance of a lethal white foal.


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