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Review for Zaksee Florida Bird Sanctuary Inc., Tampa, FL, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

My wife and I are experienced bird handlers in FL, including parrots. We went to the Zaksee site today to inquire about volunteer opportunities and potentially financial support. We arrived unannounced because we like to see how things are when no one is expected. We drove on a road with broken down trailer parks and druggie-types walking along the rode. We then drove on a horrendous dirt road where horse stables were and the first sign we saw was a PAPER sign tacked onto a post that said "birds" with an arrow. We turned and our car barely made it through the mud and ruts to the gate of the place. It was locked. One gate was barely attached and all we could see from the gate was a huge dump of old materials, refuse, cages scattered everywhere. It looked like a homeless encampment. We could not see the habitats but they were close, since we heard the birds clearly.

The videos shown on the website must be very cleverly done, because from what we saw, the grounds and the area around it were awful. We have no interest in the place and question how it presents itself. The "top rated nonprofit in America" statement is apparently based on one of many ratings websites in which some individuals have written favorable reviews. But, we found nothing supported the statement inferring "best in America". That is laughable. Lots of begging for money, though. Cannot or will not tell people what they should do. Our impression is that they are woefully underfunded and/or poorly managed.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
magic2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

First of all we always tell everyone that Zaksee is not a Zoo or Petshop that you think you can walk into. Second of all it is amazing if and when we get a review like this, has no name with it. the people that Can not even understand bird , call themselves Bird handler. Zaksee is the best and always been the best, they never saw thousands of bamboo and banana and tropical jungle, that is why we don't let this people to ever come to Zaksee.That is why we keep our gate locked at all times to keep sick people like this out of our property and away from our beautiful parrots. We love love our parrots way more and we don't want everyone with no name to come and see them or touch them. Zaksee is not open to public and we only let true volunteer and members to get in and not just anyone. Thank you