About us

Sometime in August 1949, the Mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn requested that Mr Van den Brink, owner of the Ten Rhijn Estate, open his back garden for curious villagers just once. The people were so enthusiastic about the private collection of birds that the owner of various hat shops decided to set up a bird park. The first bird park in the world was opened on 17 May 1950. The toucan already adorned the posters in honour of the opening. A few years later, when Mr van der Valk took over the bird park, he decided to keep this toucan logo, also for the restaurants and hotels. Thus, the famous Van der Valk logo came into existence. The current à la carte restaurant is the former residence of the Van den Brink family. Some very characteristic parts of the park remain intact. The trees at the entrance, the chestnut tree in the park and the pond with the park restaurant. There are even some pelicans that have been swimming in the park’s ponds from the very first day.

Avifauna Bird Park was owned by Van der Valk until 2012. Under management of the family, the bird park has expanded into an official zoo with over 260 different species of birds and various other animal species, such as strepsirrhines, cotton-top tamarins and red pandas. In 2012, Avifauna Bird Park officially became a foundation, bringing all income directly to the benefit of the bird park. Van der Valk Avifauna continues to provide the catering and is even the main sponsor of the bird park.

Future

Avifauna Bird Park is in full swing and is becoming increasingly nicer and more fun. Aviaries are adapted according to the modern insights in animal management, for example. Large mixed groups of birds are housed in spacious aviaries with a natural entourage. Bird watching is increasingly becoming more of an experience. A visit is therefore always different. The master plan describes the changes that are being implemented in the coming years.

Ideal objectives

The Avifauna Bird Park Foundation wants to go further with its objectives rather than to just attract and entertain visitors and is therefore pursuing a number of ideal objectives: species conservation, nature conservation, nature conservation education and a bird sanctuary.

Partners

Sometime in August 1949, the Mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn requested that Mr Van den Brink, owner of the Ten Rhijn Estate, open his back garden for curious villagers just once. The people were so enthusiastic about the private collection of birds that the owner of various hat shops decided to set up a bird park. The first bird park in the world was opened on 17 May 1950. The toucan already adorned the posters in honour of the opening. A few years later, when Mr van der Valk took over the bird park, he decided to keep this toucan logo, also for the restaurants and hotels. Thus, the famous Van der Valk logo came into existence. The current à la carte restaurant is the former residence of the Van den Brink family. Some very characteristic parts of the park remain intact. The trees at the entrance, the chestnut tree in the park and the pond with the park restaurant. There are even some pelicans that have been swimming in the park’s ponds from the very first day.

Avifauna Bird Park was owned by Van der Valk until 2012. Under management of the family, the bird park has expanded into an official zoo with over 260 different species of birds and various other animal species, such as strepsirrhines, cotton-top tamarins and red pandas. In 2012, Avifauna Bird Park officially became a foundation, bringing all income directly to the benefit of the bird park. Van der Valk Avifauna continues to provide the catering and is even the main sponsor of the bird park.

Contact

  • Kantoor- / postadres
  • Stuyvesantlaan 23
  • 2404 XN Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Parkadres
  • Hoorn 65
  • 2404 HG Alphen aan den Rijn