What Drives Us
Here’s what you probably don’t know…
I have always loved parrots. As a child, I longed for one of my own, to travel everywhere with me on my shoulder. That was until I learned more about them. I became increasingly outraged and saddened by the suffering of so many of these fascinating, intelligent and extremely social birds.
Parrots do not belong in cages. If only more people understood their life in the wild and their true nature and basic needs, I believe they would think again before buying a parrot. For then they would understand the enormous demands that would be made on their time if they wanted to give their bird a satisfying life – that is, as satisfying as it could ever be in captivity.
According to research done, there are about 5 million to 10 million exotic birds in South African homes. There are no figures for the number of parrots that suffer duress, abuse or displacement.
Animal rescue is the most incredible, rewarding job ever. It’s also the most heartbreaking, because you witness a level of cruelty you didn’t think was possible.
– Brainy Birds Rescue founder Dee Hendrickx