To add another feature among Oman’s tourist attractions, Ahmed al Balushi, owner of the Namani Park in Barka, is finalising a project to open a bird park in Salalah.
Balushi believes Dhofar’s climate is conducive for birds of all feathers.
An animal lover who keeps a wide variety of animals in his zoo in Barka, Balushi is hopeful that the bird park will help improve tourism in the sultanate.
“Initially, I planned a zoo with animals but that would be too ambitious in the current circumstances. So I will start off with a bird park. There will be birds not only from Salalah but the entire country, besides tropical and sea birds from other countries. It will be a challenge to house them in a single location but I will make sure to create the correct environment for the different kinds of birds in the park,” Balushi said.
The birds will be housed in open enclosures, Balushi informed. He hopes to replicate the birds’ indigenous environment with proper feed and safety for the creatures to breed and grow in numbers in the park. He aims to welcome guests in 2021.
Balushi reveals that the inspiration for his park is the Tehran Birds Garden.
“Animals and birds can teach us a lot about the environment. The objective behind this park is so that the future generation of Oman realises this. Until now, our youngsters’ only exposure to birds and animals has been the Internet. Very few families can travel aboard to animal and bird sanctuaries. Such a park will give them opportunities to enjoy and learn about the biodiversity of Oman,” he said.