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This Place Is for the Birds

Quite literally, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre in New Zealand is a home for our feathered friends. Along with a selection of reptiles, invertebrates, and aquatic creatures, birds have found a mostly predator-free place to thrive. At Pūkaha, conservation and education efforts have been bringing threatened species into the consciousness of visitors for more than 50 years. And they do it in a delightful way to keep you thoroughly entertained. Read more about it >

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Visiting the Feathered Guests at Güira Oga

Güira Oga, Puerto Iguazú, ArgentinaGüira Oga, a refuge and rehabilitation center for injured animals tucked deep in the jungle off the main road to Parque Nacional Iguazú in northeastern Argentina, serves a virtuous purpose. The “guests” at this refuge have been rescued from roadside accidents, from traffickers’ inhumane shipping methods, and from owners who abandoned animals that were never intended to be pets. Before exploring the national park’s majestic waterfalls, I spent a couple of hours here, learning exactly how to re-train a wounded bird of prey to survive in the wild. Read more >