The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary is a place where animals can be appreciated up close and where human and animal interaction is welcomed. This little haven is situated in Midrand, between the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary opened its gates for the first time in April 2000 as mainly a bird park. At this time Midrand was still reasonably unspoilt and consisted of much grassland which was still inhabited by animals such as Grass Owls, Marsh Owls, Barn Owls and Spotted Eagle Owls. Since then Midrand has become one of the fastest growing industrial and corporate areas in South Africa. The fast development of the area had a very negative effect on the plant and animal life and people started brining injured and trapped animals to Lory Park. The park became a safe haven for the animals where they could live out their lives in peace with love and care. The Lory Park soon became a sanctuary for all animals and not only a bird park.
The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary has grown to become an internationally acclaimed Zoo, which has established a successful combination of animal care, education and community recreation with the highest standards.
Cub encounters are available at Lory Park from 10:30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Over and above the encounters there are also ambassador animals doing their rounds through the park on Saturdays and Sundays as well as flying owls shows. Visitors are also able to join the bird keepers in feeding the Spotted Eagle Owls.
The Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary also hosts kiddies parties. At Lory Park, kiddies parties are an exciting outdoor adventure, where kids are able to have fun and enjoy nature at the same time. The venue offers a jumping castle and play area for the kids. Animals such as snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises and hedgehogs, will be brought around the zoo throughout the day. Bunny food packets are available for the children to feed the bunnies.