Five colourful budgies have taken up residence in our brand new aviary at Tafta Lodge – much to the delight of the home’s nature lovers.
The aviary, brainchild of Durban resident and wildlife enthusiast Chantel van den Berg, was sponsored by CMH Toyota, Umhlanga and was officially installed and opened on Thursday, 23 November.
“Many people at the home are not able to care for pets in this setting,” explains van den Berg. “I realised that an aviary may be the perfect way for them to reconnect with nature.”
CMH New vehicle Sales manager, Patrick Pakaree, said his company was grateful to have contributed to the happiness of Tafta elders through this initiave.
“We’re so appreciative of the opportunity to get involved in a project of this nature. It’s a small gesture but we do hope it brings joy, laughter and hope to the nature lovers in this space,” he said.
“As an association, we’re always trying our best to recreate a normal habitat that constitutes all aspects of human life,” said Gail Samuels, Tafta Divisional Manager of Income Development, Marketing and Public Relations.
“With the aviary, we’re seeing an immediate connection between the birds and our elders. What’s wonderful about caring for these birds is that the elders are now being given the opportunity to give, and not just receive care.”
Tafta resident, Leznet Knaggs, said she was excited to have the birds in their home: “I just know how much we’re all going to benefit from having the birds in our space; it’s such a wonderful, bright addition and as a nature lover, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy caring for them”.
Pictured above: Patrick Puckuree (New Vehicle Sales Manager), Chantel Vandeberg, Leznet Knaggs (Speaker), Farida Haffegee, Julie Devenish, Dorothy Visser (blue top), Mavis Dickson (middle sitting) and Veronica Mudaly