Parrot Jungle Island holds 'Bird Day' bash

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MIAMI -- Parrot Jungle Island is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its reopening with a weekend event hosted by wildlife filmmaker Nigel Marven.

The "Bash on the Bay" is scheduled for the weekend of June 26 and 27, a year after the park reopened in a new location on Watson Island between downtown Miami and Miami Beach on the MacArthur Causeway.

The special lineup of entertainment includes shows starring Marven, whose films have been featured on BBC, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Marven will sign autographs, conduct photo sessions and cut the One-Year Bird Day Cake. Also appearing at the festivities will be Arnold from the Nickelodeon's "Hey Arnold."

The park's regular features include a variety of nature displays and new animals such as Bengal tigers, orangutans, Malaysian bear cats, Arctic wolves, Komodo dragons, snapping alligator turtles and "Crocosaurus," the largest captive crocodile in North America -- he measures nearly 20 feet in length and weighs more than 2,000 pounds. Parrot Jungle Island management said new exhibits and events will be added every week during the summer.

As a special promotional offer, the park said visitors can upgrade their one-day passes, beginning June 21, to the "Summer-long Bird Day Bash" pass for $5 more than the one-day price. The pass allows return admission through Sept. 22. A one-day pass is priced at $18.95 for children 10 and under and $23.95 for adults. Children under 3 are permitted for free.

Parrot Jungle Island is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.parrotjungle.com or call (305) 2-JUNGLE.

To help celebrate the anniversary, the three South Beach Coral Collection hotels -- the Blue Moon, the Essex House and the Winterhaven -- are offering a two-night package that includes two one-day passes to Parrot Jungle Island with deluxe room accommodations for $257 per room, double. See www.coralcollection.com for details.

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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