away on forty acres of riparian woodlands in the hills overlooking
the Pacific Ocean in Fallbrook, California just an hour north
of San Diego, Emerald
Forest Bird Gardens holds one of the most spectacular
private collections of toucans and other exotic birds in the
world. Featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles,
Emerald Forest is internationally recognized as the place
to visit to see toucans up close - all in a semi tropical
setting. Emerald Forest is renowned for it's extraordinary
breeding success, offering toucans and other birds to zoos,
breeders and pet bird owners around the world. Emerald Forest
also provides innumerable unique educational and research
opportunities for scientists and amateur bird enthusiasts
to study these magnificent birds and has supported a variety
of important investigations into nutrition, health, propagation
and bird behavior.
website is the most comprehensive, in depth resource for
information on toucans from species accounts and photos
to care and husbandry information, book references and articles,
and stories from our happy clients on the Photo
Gallery - all accessible from the tool bar menu
below the collage of toucan photos. You can also join our
chat list on the Links page, where you can learn and share
experiences with over 500 other toucan owners.
else on the Internet can one find the wealth of educational
information available here and we are proud to share it
with fellow bird lovers from around the world. We hope you
will visit and explore our website often and that you come
visit Emerald Forest to see these magnificent birds firsthand.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-
General Admission: $25.00 per person, Children $20.00 - children under 12 must be accompanied by adult
General Guided Tour Adults: $35.00
General Guided Tour Children: $20.00
Guided Photo Tour: $50.00
Under 6 and under: Free
Hours of operation 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. PDT. Tuesday through Sunday - Closed Mondays. Please call for an appointment - we look forward to your visit.
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our Price and Availability List
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. PDT
For Buying Birds (click here)
Embery and her pet toco toucan. Joan has appeared hundreds
of times on television including the Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson & Jay Leno. Click above image to visit our gallery
of our happy customers with their pet toucans.
Forest Bird Gardens is definitely for the birds. Built
with a bird's eye point of view in mind for their comfort
and well-being, all the enclosures are exceptionally
large and situated outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine,
where the birds can fly, sunbathe, and frolic in the rain
as they naturally should.
Surrounded by native oaks, sycamores and hundreds of tropical
trees, shrubs and vines, streams and ponds, our birds feel
right at home. And, visitors to Emerald Forest will feel as
if they have been transported to a neo tropical rainforest
paradise. No where else can one see so many colorful species
of toucans in one location - not even in the rainforest! And,
a walk through Emerald Forest's botanical garden is both relaxing
birds at Emerald Forest receive the best care available by
our well trained staff. Every toucan receives a species appropriate
diet, fresh daily, consisting of a variety of fruits and
Mazuri Low Iron Softbill pellets. Emerald Forest has its own
avian nutritionist on staff, and participates in ongoing nutritional
studies with the Mazuri Zoo Diets Division of Purina Mills
to develop the best diets possible. This collaborative effort
assures our toucans are well fed - even better than their
Royal treatment produces excellent results. Only healthy,
happy toucans will breed successfully and our birds produce
healthy, happy babies that make excellent pets or future breeders.
In fact, Emerald Forest has bred ten different species of
toucans for the very first time in captivity - more than all
the zoos and private breeders in the world combined. All of
our babies are close banded, with traceable leg bands and
raised in our nursery on site. We NEVER buy baby birds from
other sources and our facility is a certified MAP closed breeding
facility, which further assures you a healthy bird.
Emerald Forest also has it's own avian veterinarian to attend
to any medical issues that may arise and no bird goes without
immediate attention in the event of an emergency - a resource
no other toucan breeding facility has available.
Our parrots and other exotic birds also receive the same excellent
care and appropriate species-specific diets, as do our toucans.
With nearly 100 species of exotic birds, Emerald Forest is
a memorable visitor's experience.
of our babies we offer for sale are closed banded with traceable
outdoors, our birds benefit from the fresh air and sunshine,
which are essential ingredients in maintaining their vibrant
colors and robust health.
image to visit MAP.
Forest Bird Gardens is a MAP certified aviary,
which means we have passed a rigorous inspection that certifies
we meet the highest standards of care in the world of aviculture.
MAP requires the periodic inspection of every certified facility
by a licensed veterinarian. The standards are so high, that
we are one of the few certified parrot facilities in California
and the ONLY certified toucan breeding facility in the entire
the Mazuri website for an analysis and iron content of their
Low Iron Softbill Diet. Just click on the Mazuri logo above
Internships at Emerald Forest Bird Gardens (click here
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