A Glimpse at What You’ll See!
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The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center has begun a new interactive entertainment feature called ‘Parrot Talk’, open to guests at 2:30 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in the Tropical Garden, behind the Bromeliad House, at 8545 S. Staples St.
The 40-minute segment includes a 20-minute informal educational demonstration with three vocal parrots and three trainers; followed by 20 minutes of visitor interaction, questions and photo opportunities. The five McCaws and three Cockatoos—used on rotation in ‘Parrot Talk’—are Sarge, Sam, Tabasco, Goldie, Glo and Big Charlie.
The Botanical Gardens’ 30-plus exotic parrots—some donated to the facility by the Coastal Bend Companion Bird Club and Rescue Mission—became orphaned due to size, owner circumstances, or birds outliving owners. The Bird Club assisted Botanical Gardens staff building ornate outdoor thatched huts which can be heated if needed to keep occupants warm. Animal Curator Jay Jenson and Animal Care Specialist Rich Hafemeister are assisted in parrot feeding and care by a core group of 18 volunteers.
The Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is open 9 am to 6 pm daily, 361-852-2100, www.stxbot.org. This program is included in general admission and does not need reservations.