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August 21, 1992 - Image 84

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-21

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t looks at first glance like
a lush tropical garden,
complete with giant eu-
calyptus trees, thick plants
and vibrant flowers and a
serene lagoon with a water-
fall at one end.
But high up on the bran-
ches of one tree, vividly col-
ored birds are perched. Other
unusual-looking birds fly
high overhead. All around is
the sound of birdsong.
Zapari Park in Tel Aviv is
indeed a place that's strictly
for the birds. The new bird
park, which officially opened
at the end of July, is home to
more than 500 different kinds
of birds. It is one of the few
such places in the world
dedicated solely to birds and
the only one in Israel.
Here, several thousand
birds live in an environment
which is not only beautiful,
but also typifies Israeli
For instance, the innovative
bird cages are wide, airy and
partially open, enclosed only
with a fine mesh net. Within
these enclosures are varied
trees, plants and artistically
placed pieces of driftwood.
"We wanted to find the best
environment for each bird,"
says Michael Naveh, the bird
veterinarian who is giving
the tour of Zapari Park and
who explains that each tree
and twig and piece of drift-
wood was carefully chosen to
be suitable for the birds.
Something else inside these
enclosures was especially
designed for the birds: large
and graceful pottery jars are
positioned on the ground near
the plants and trees. The jars,
which come from Hebron, are
an unusual sight in a bird

"We made them as nests for
the birds, with special open-
ings in each jar, so the birds
can use them as tree logs,"
says Mr. Naveh. "It's our own
He talks about the sounds
of parrots shrieking on the
driftwood, which comes from
trees on the nearby Yarkon
River, or the branches of
As we walk; we see birds of
all sizes and colors: sleek
black and white lbco toucans,
Curacao birds with dark, cur-
ly feathers on their heads,
Quakerbirds with gray faces, c ,
and rose-ring parrots, the on-
ly parrots living in Israel,
named because although they

The lagoon is
home to Japanese
carp which came
from Kibbutz
Magan Michael.

are green and blue, they have
a rose-colored ring under
their throats.
A panel outside each cage
identifies the bird in English,
Latin, and Hebrew. Arabic
will soon be added — and also
shows a photo of the bird.
Although all the birds were
originally imported, some
have started breeding, and
Mr. Naveh points out some
California quails that are one
week old and were born at the
park. "They're our sabras,"
jokes Mr. Naveh.
He, too, is a sabra, born in ,-
Tel Aviv and educated at the
University of Zurich. Fifteen
years ago, he began working
with Elon Dinan, an Israeli
who buys and sells birds, and
who had long wanted to
establish a bird park in
"He dreamed about this for
many years," says Mr. Naveh,

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