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Emerald Forest Bird Gardens, founded in 1990 by Jerry Jennings, is situated on forty lush acres of land in the back country of Fallbrook, California. The gently rolling hills, large forest of Oak and Sycamore trees, a year round stream and waterfowl pond provide a pleasant environment for the birds and an enchanting environment for people.

Construction of the facility at Emerald Forest began in the Spring of 1990, which year saw the first groups of cages established including three sets for cockatoos, one for macaws, one for African Gray parrots, one for the large toucans, one for Toucanets and Aracaris and one for Touracos. Once these initial complexes were complete, the bird collection arrived from Los Angeles, where it had been previously housed at Jerry's Walnut Acres Aviaries.

The building phase at Emerald Forest continued through 1993, when a number of additional complexes were constructed bringing the facility to three separate structures of 24 enclosures each for Toucanets and Aracaris and two more structures of large flights for the larger toucans. It was not until 1998 that any new flights were added and the exceptionally large hornbill flights were erected. Another four year building break passed before the latest additions of Toucanet and Aracari flights were completed to accommodate new species never before kept at Emerald Forest Bird Gardens.

Future plans for Emerald Forest include the addition of several cabins for our new bed and breakfast. These cozy cottages will be located in the forest by the stream. The B & B will offer guests a visit in the forest reminiscent of what one would experience in the rainforests of South America with the all the sights and sounds of exotic toucans and other species. And, there are more than 80 native species of wild birds to enjoy in the trees surrounding the cabin retreat, from ten species of birds of prey to songbirds, wading birds and migrants. (Please feel free to email us for a list.)

Emerald Forest Bird Gardens has a well trained staff of courteous and friendly people dedicated to providing the best care for the birds. They are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the birds and for this unique facility with our guests. We invite you to visit any time and know you will enjoy your experience. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have.

 

While other breeders talk about conservation, we at Emerald Forest Bird Gardens take action.

 

Research Projects Participated In by Jerry Jennings/EFBG:

1987-1995 Field Studies on the Natural History of the Chestnut Eared Aracari
in Southeastern Peru in Conjunction with Sr. Benedicto Baca,
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

2000-present Hemochromatosis in Wild Toucans in Conjunction with Dr. Judy
St. Leger, Sea World, San Diego and Dr. Kris Kuchinski,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2001-present Dietary Formulations of Pelleted Diets For Softbills in Conjunction
with Dr. Mark Griffin, Mazuri Division, Purina Mills, Inc., Dr. Judy
St. Leger, Sea World, San Diego, CA and Dr. Kris Kuchinski,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Conservation Activities Participated In by Jerry Jennings/EFBG:

1991-92 Funded Population Study of the Yellow Eared Toucanet in Hoinduras with the
Center For The Study of Tropical Birds

1994 Acquired 200 acres of rainforest land in Costa Rica for preservation

June-December 2003 Participant in Blue & Gold Macaw Release Project at
Nariva Swamp, Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.

2006 Began Ecotourism Project in Southeastern Peru


Honors and Awards:

1978 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Ariel Toucan
First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Emerald Toucanet

1980 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Green Aracari

1983 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Spot Bill Toucanet

1984 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Red Bill Toucan
First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Spot Bill Toucanet

1989 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Collared Aracari
First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Choco Toucan

1990 First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Swainson Toucan
First Breeding in Captivity AFA Avy Award Guyana Toucanet