Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Valley is wild! Seriously.

Sure people have horses in the Valley. But they aren't wild. And I'm not talking about coyotes. So what is it? What could be so wild in the Valley? Monkeys! Yup. In the Valley. And wild parrots too. Mmm-hmmm. No kidding.

Yeah, some guy put a whole bunch of monkeys in the Valley. Read all about this long gone Valley spectacular here.

EEEP! No wonder it's gone.

And, if you want to know why sometimes you see parrots in your palm tree, it's because when Busch Gardens closed they basically just let the birds go -- but some people say the birds "escaped". Read about it here.

(The old boat ride at the long gone Van Nuys Busch Gardens).


Anonymous said...


According to another source, these parrots were release from a nursery around the same time.

Anonymous said...

Sad to say, but back in the late 90's a developer bought up the last remaining jungle in Tarzana used for the early Tarzan movies. It really should have been preserved as a public park.

But for some peculiar reason angelenos prefer strip malls and condos to greenery.

Darrell said...

I think Busch Gardens was only 1968-78. I still have fond memories of it.

Pete said...

I don't want to harsh any buzzes, but wasn't the valley back then a charming and more appealing place? It's great reading about the way things were, but it's also a little depressing, knowing how much of that is gone.

The photos brought to mind this montage.

SGV said...

When I lived in Long Beach, there were large flocks of wild parrots, and the urban story was that a pet store had burned down, and the parrots were released. I believed that story until I moved to Pasadena, saw a large flock of parrots, asked someone about them, and heard the identical "pet store" story, but based in Pasadena.

Here is what the Amazornia.us site says about them:

Rumor has it that decades ago, an exotic bird smuggling ring was surprised and just as the authorities were ready to pounce, the wild-caught birds were freed. Another rumor speaks of firefighters responding to a call in a pet shop and rather than see the birds perish, the firefighters set them free. Though Urband Legends have circulated for more than 30 years, there are some that believe the wild parrots may have come here on their own through normal exploration. Others believe they are all escaped pets. Not true!
The wild parrots flying free in Southern California today are descendants of wild-caught parrots who were imported into the United States before importation was banned and somehow either escaped or were released intentionally. These birds were already well versed in their survival skills and able to establish themselves in areas where exotic plant life is plentiful.