Sylvan Heights Bird Park is the largest waterfowl park and breeding center in the world.
Sylvan Heights in Scotland Neck, NC is two different facilities:
Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center and Sylvan Heights Bird Park.
Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center was founded by Mike and Ali
Lubbock in Sylva, NC in 1981 when they first moved from England. They
relocated the facility to Scotland Neck in 1989. An avian biologist,
Mike Lubbock is known as “The Waterfowl Man” and has been working
in avian conservation since 1964.
The Avian Breeding Center is a facility for keeping, rehabilitating,
and breeding rare waterfowl from around the world. The ultimate goal
is to save and increase populations of rare species by breeding them
in captivity. The Avian Breeding Center has won several awards and is
a major part of the recent history of avian conservation.
The Sylvan Heights Bird Park is the
public side of Sylvan Heights. It was conceived in 2003 and opened in
2006 in response to increased interest in the Avian Breeding Center
and the projects the Center was involved in. The Bird Park is
essentially a bird zoo, with birds representing every continent in
the world and numerous environments. It is affiliated with the
International Wild Waterfowl Association.
It has several child-friendly elements, such as the Landing Zone (in
which visitors can feed parakeets) and events like the Halloween
Trick or Tweet event. The park also hosts school programs for local
children. It is a very popular attraction, with over 40,000 visitors
In addition to worldwide exhibits, the park has a natural history
element to it. A section of the park is devoted to the local wetland
on which the zoo was built. There is an observation post for watching
the wildlife there.