Bob and Liz Johnson
The Shyne Foundation is a non-profit parrot sanctuary for over
150 parrots. Bob and Liz Johnson have created a ¼ acre enclosed
mini rainforest so that the parrots live as closely as possible
to the way nature intended them to live. Habitat
Immersion is the term used to describe an environment like this
and it is now practiced by most zoos. The birds at The Shyne Founation
are flighted and enjoy fresh air, sunshine and rain. They interact
with each other amongst the plants and trees, playing games, foraging,
and demolishing foliage much as they would in the wild.
Many of the “behavior problems” created by keeping
birds in captivity may simply vanish when they are allowed to express
themselves as birds. Aggression, screaming and feather picking improve
and the birds develop self confidence and autonomy. The most fascinating
aspect of The Shyne Foundation's free flight, rainforest sanctuary
is the relationship between the parrots and people. Liz Johnson
explains how your relationship with your bird can reach new levels
when your bird enjoys such self expression, because you become a
co-inhabitant sharing their world, instead of a captor restricting
Many people with companion birds aren’t able to duplicate
what the Johnson’s are able to offer their parrots. However,
even with small spaces and tight budgets, there is always something
you can do to make your bird’s world more natural and allow
more self-expression. Both you and the bird will benefit from it.
List was created specifically for the discussion of this subject.
For more information about The Shyne Foundation please visit their
website at www.shynefoundation.org.
The site includes photos, video, informative articles, and a description
of the how they constructed their enclosure.