More than 100 multicoloured birds inhabit the aviary with the same volume as the auditorium of the Paris Opera
Loro Parque, one of the finest environmental and zoological parks in the world, continues to expand its leisure offering with surprising innovations to delight its visitors, and on the 24th Â of September it will launch its latest and majestic attraction, Katandra Treetops. Katandra is the word used by the Australian native people to refer to the song birds in the aboriginal language. This is Loro Parque paying homage to nature, returning to its roots, the birds, nearly 38 years after opening its doors for the first time.
The opening ceremony will be attended by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero Baute, President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior and the mayoress of Puerto de la Cruz, Dolores PadrÃ³n, among other authorities who will also attend the event.
This is one of the most impressive free-flight aviaries, where visitors can enter, climb the hanging bridge and look face to face the hundreds of different species and subspecies of birds from Australia and Asia.
Colourful lories, cockatoos, kookaburras, pheasants, thrushes and fruit doves, among many other birds, are the stars of this wonderful aviary, in which a mysterious tropical rain forest enshrouds visitors and captivates the senses. The humidity of Australasia moisture, the light and shadows, and the eucalyptus and caramel aromas combine with lush tropical jungle, in a unique environment.
Marvels of the air, earth and water.Â Among the species that inhabit Katandra Treetops one can highlight, among many others, over 100 lory species and subspecies, which attract attention for their intense and varied colours, up to 5 different colours in a single bird. Furthermore, the special tongue of these birds, thanks to its rough texture, allows them to feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers, an activity that can be seen from the high bridge in between Eucalyptus, Indian laurels and thick vegetation which adorns the exhibition, and which has maintained the original trees of the zone.
Among other striking birds, Katandra Treetops is home to species that live in the lower areas of the enclosure such as partridges, Crowned pigeons and Golden pheasants which, together with its distinctive laughing kookaburras and elegant herons make this aviary a melting pot of sounds and confirm the authenticity of his name. Besides the great bridge, there are also boardwalks, platforms and stairs included for visitors who so wish, and can truly enjoy bird-watching at really unimagined heights, and observe behaviour in the nests, the free flight within the enclosure and finding odd or fancy fruit hidden among the vegetation.
Pink cockatoos, Asian parakeets, Crowned pigeons and even Mandarin Ducks will give life and colour to the lake in the centre of the exhibit, which will become a mirror thanks to the rays of light illuminating it through the trees.
For the construction of Katandra Treetops an endless steel array of especially created complex pieces have been used, including the brackets, rings and pillars that comprise a stainless steel structure of 21 tons responsible for supporting the mesh of 3000 m2 and up to 27 meters at the highest points, which creates a huge space for free flight of 17,000 m3 (the same volume as the Paris Opera hall).
Katandra Treetops is also designed as an area of environmental enrichment in which the Loro Parque FundaciÃ³n can carry out diverse educational activities, interactive videoconferencing on-line and species identification workshops, for children from many schools to have the opportunity to discover the wonders of this tropical forest ecosystem.