City: Alphen an den Rijn
Province: South Holland
Opend 17th may 1950
Meet flamingos, birds of prey and parots on your way. Also to be found are some small monkeys and other mammals
Last visited 2017
2404 HG Alphen aan den Rijn
Phone number 0172 - 487575
Opened minimum 10am-5pm
Adult 18,- Euros
Child 3-12 years 18,- Euros
Adult 46- Euro
Child 41,- Euro
Family* 173,- Euro
* Valid for 1 ore 2 parents and theire kids under 17 years
For kids there is a petting area and several playgrounds
The mayor of Alphen asked Van den Brink in August 1949 if he could show his bird collection to the public. This became so popular that the owners of the Ten Rhijn estate by the owner opened the colloction permanent on 17 May 1950. It was the first bird park in the world. Toucans were featured on the posters for the park's opening. 1956 the Van der Valke bought the park and liked the toucan as symbol and since it is the logo of the Van der Valk restaurant chain and Hotel Avifauna, which is situated on the edge of the park.
On the night of 23 December 2005 a fire broke out. About twenty birds were killed. The stables and an adjoining house were completely destroyed by the fire, and replacement buildings were completed in 2008.
In 2012, Bird Park Avifauna officially became a foundation, all its income will directly benefit the birds. Van der Valk Avifauna continues to provide the hospitality and even the main sponsor of the birds.
In the night of 25 to 26 September 2014, a large number (30) of birds were stolen from the park. Although most of them have been found in an ongoing investigation, unfortunately, a few have died due to neglect from the thieves.
2016 the Nuboso area was opened
After paying the entrance fee we have a small hut for silkie chickens and to the right ostriches. On the left we find Nuboso with humming birds and a walk in area for tamarins. Behind it we find 2 large aviaries, one for vultures and the other for Steller's sea eagle. Following the noise we then have the parakeet lane- Walking straight forward we enter the night safari, home to kiwis. Entering the next house we find tropical birds from the Philippines as well as other tropical regions. Out side again it is time to see some pheasants. Follow then the path on the right of the coscoroba svans to meet humboldt penguins as well as to large aviaries for macaws. The go up the stairs to see different owls, down again you have the lesser flamingos and other water fowl. Opposite we have the Cuba terrace with the caribbean birds in an aviary behind it. Out side again pass the bridge to see Chilean flamingos. Turning left we meet the lesser pandasand have a large area for saddle-billed storks. At the Australian enclosure follow the path to the right to get to a lake. Walk around the lake to meet hornbills, pelicans and go inside to the funny lemurs. At the startingpoint again go passed the Chilean flamingos again to see the southern cassowary. To left we then find a huge play ground.
DE: Der älteste Vogelpark der Welt zeigt Seltenheiten wie den Kiwi, Kolibris und den Mindanaohornvoge. Neben bei werden auch Lemuren und Tamarine gezeigt
DK: Verdens ældste fuglepark viser sjældenheder som kiwier, kolibrier og rødnæbbet rynkenæb. Lgledes bliver der også vist lemurer og tamariner