Oasis Sanctuary – A Great Southern Arizona Day Trip!
This article authored by: Rob Hallberg
Catherine & I and an animal-loving client toured the incredible Oasis (Bird) Sanctuary on Sunday (http://the-oasis.org/). They care for over 700 Parrots on their 71 acres! Located in Cascabel, about 26 miles North of Benson, our tour guide was Janet Trumble, Executive Director of Operations.
We started in the Female Cockatoo cage and were instantly welcomed by several of the birds. A Lesser Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo jumped on Catherine’s shoulder and was so sweet. Our large Cockatoo is a Female Greater Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo.
A Rose-Breasted Cockatoo found my shoulder. After a short while I put her back on a perch to see some of the other birds. Within minutes, she was back! We have a male Rose-Breasted Cockatoo and I wonder if somehow she picked up on that.
There are large cages for each of the major species (African Greys, Amazons, Macaws, Cockatiels, etc.) and they have two cages for the Cockatoos. They keep the males and females separated as the males can get very aggressive during mating season.
We also have a Scarlet Macaw and the Macaw cage was one of the highlights of our visit. The cage is huge: 30’ x 40’ x 21’ high at its peak. The Macaws are all over – from the highest points to eye level with a few on the ground that were digging for who knows what.
Oasis runs on a budget of $700,000 per year and, according to a recent audit, and over 98% of the funds goes directly to the care of the birds! Donations are their primary source of revenue and some donors actually sponsor a bird or two.
Oasis makes a great day trip from Tucson or Vail, about an hour or so. Call for reservations. Although they have misters in the cages, I recommend starting around 9:00am in the Summer to avoid the heat. The Tour can run from 1 to 2 hours depending on your speed. Donations are welcomed!
Check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1v51yh1D4.
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