Tour The Gabriel Foundation!

Entrance to lobbyIn order to welcome our visitors and fully share the TGF experience with them, TGF offers tours of our Aviary and Adoption Center in Elizabeth, Colorado by reservation several days a week:

Tuesday @ 10:30am
Saturday @ 10:30am
Sunday @ 1:00pm
*Please note that tour times are subject to change. Please allow 90 minutes for your tour. 

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Tour Fees (save $5 per person by paying now!)

Adults $15 onsite, $10 prepaid online
Minors $10 onsite, $5 prepaid online (6 to 18 years old)
Children FREE (under 5 years old)

Please, no unaccompanied minors.

Your tour fee helps us to offset the cost of operating our aviary 24/7 and providing the best in care for our avian residents. The tour fee does not apply to any bird adoption fee or to the Adoption Application fee. Tour fees are non-refundable. In the event of a cancellation, we will honor your paid reservation for 6 months.

Every effort will be made to accommodate your visit. Please understand that we are rarely at our desks and we rely heavily on communication by email. Please schedule your visit a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

To schedule your tour, please complete the form below. You will receive an automatic reply for your tour; please check your email as well as your spam folder for your email confirmation and additional helpful information.

Please excuse any delayed response in communications. We are in the middle of transition and consolidation as we incorporate our Denver location offices and flock to the Aviary & Adoption Center. Effective July 1, 2016, our Denver location will permanently close. All services will continue in Elizabeth. In addition, our regularly scheduled tours will be unavailable until July 16, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 


Aviary Hours

Daily 8:00am – 4:00pm, visits by appointment only

For the safety of your birds and the TGF flock, we request that you leave your birds at home when you book a tour, unless you have made arrangements for bird boarding, day care or adoption interaction at the Aviary & Adoption Center.


In order to provide you with a comprehensive tour of TGF’s Aviary & Adoption Center, a TGF staff member or volunteer will personally guide you around our aviary to provide you an overview of TGF’s operations, our birds and our programs and answer your questions. You will have time to watch a presentation on our widescreen monitor during your scheduled tour, thanks to a donation from Sharp USA. This tour is not designed for you to “play with our birds” although you will have a chance to get up close and personal with one or two of our avian ambassadors.

Please note that by their very nature, parrots can be loud! Earplugs will be provided upon request. Children under 5 years old may be startled by the birds’ noise. All minor children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

The aviary is located in Elizabeth, CO at an altitude of nearly 6700′. We’re on the high plains and weather can change at a moment’s notice. Please bring appropriate clothing. The terrain surrounding the aviary is landscaped but remains natural – concrete and rock walkways surround our aviaries so wear comfortable shoes. Cold beverages are available for purchase on site although you are welcome to bring your own. Make it a day and bring a picnic lunch with you and sit outside in our Memorial Garden. Restaurants are located in nearby Elizabeth and the Town of Parker.

If you are in the active adoption process, you will need to schedule a specific time with TGF staff to arrange time to meet and interact with some of TGF’s birds. Thank you for your support and interest in The Gabriel Foundation. We look forward to seeing you soon.


About The Aviary & Adoption Center

Expanding our space in 2005 from 8,500 sq. ft. in Basalt, CO to 40,000 sq. ft. in Elizabeth, CO, our Aviary & Adoption Center is located on nearly 36 acres in western Elbert County just outside of Elizabeth, CO and was designed with the total welfare of our feathered friends in mind. Initial plans featured three different buildings to house our resident birds in bright, spacious species-specific rooms with radiant heat and Venta Airwashers to ensure a warm, high humidity climate. As construction progressed, we quickly realized the need for additional space dedicated specifically to our Rescue program and adjusted accordingly. We’re now at capacity due to the tremendous increase and demand for the services that we provide.

Throughout the complex, each species room has its own attached outdoor flight that provides year-round access to spacious, predator-proof flights where our birds can cavort with members of their own species safely in the great outdoors. Felled trees, branches, rocks and boulders, rope swings and toys of all kinds encourage chewing, foraging, and play in our diverse aviaries and flights.

Our facilities and services include separate quarantine rooms, a visitor reception area, a training center and “flight” school play area, numerous stand-alone flights for expanded flight space, a large kitchen and food preparation areas, separate boarding and day care, along with employee housing that guarantee permanent, 24-hour onsite care of the TGF flock.

TGF currently provides quality care for 800+ birds each day. As we continue to build for the future needs of birds placed with The Gabriel Foundation in our various programs, including adoption, rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary and long term foster care, educational and other learning opportunities… your support is ever more critical to the birds that enter our care.

The Aviary & Adoption Center serves as a gateway to a new life for birds in our adoption program, as well as haven for parrots from diverse backgrounds that are in need of sanctuary. When you visit our flock you’ll be reminded that every bird here was someone’s special baby bird at one time in their life and that our commitment to every one of our residents underscores our dedication to their well-being.

 


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Heavy metal serenade bird cage style
Heavy metal - bird cage style
Thanks to volunteers Marty K and his son for getting a big part of our cage scrap pile where it needed to be. Time to make certain that dangerous and poorly made cages ended up where they belong! 1500# of unusable cages brought us $78.34; vehicle, trailer - free; labor-free; gas $40. Net: $38.34.
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More of an eyesore. Oh for some huge cotttonwood trees.

Do you have an article you can share about the effects of bad cages on birds? Symptoms etc, of lead zinc toxicity etc. Also, how to test your cage? I would love something good to share with clients. (I have been wanting to look up an article, but keep forgetting! This reminded me and I thought you may have a good one! Thanks!!!

uncanny resemblance to how macaws pick something up - then throw it somewhere else!

not to mention the valuable real estate this stuff was occupying!

It was quite fun tossing old cages in a pile and the satisfaction of the crashing sound of metal to metal, and playing Frisbee with cage trays hitting the concrete back wall. We tried to see how far we could toss cages up into the pile. Icing on the cake was the big steel parrot beak crunching and squashing and tossing.

And the good news is the recycled steel could be used to make new parrot cages.

T. Rex!!!

Thanks Marty K and son :)

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Marty Koenig

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For Cockatoosday we're sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffin's cockatoos and one Ducorp's cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah.
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly. Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella and one medium sulphur Crested were returned to us from different adopters.
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For Cockatoosday were sharing some facts about the Cockatoos at TGF.

1. We currently have 41 Umbrella cockatoos (31 of which are males), 12 Moluccan cockatoos, 5 Bare-eyed cockatoos, 12 Sulphur Crested cockatoos, 6 Goffins cockatoos and one Ducorps cockatoo available for adoption. This equals 77 Cockatoos, almost 30% of our available birds. We have some cockatoos not available  for adoption including Quigley, a Major Mitchell (Leadbetter) and Simon, an elderly Galah. 
2. Most of the Cockatoos now onsite entered our care when they were between 15-21 years old.
3. The oldest Cockatoo we have available for adoption is 42 years old and the youngest is 5 years old.  
4. The most common names we see for Cockatoos that come to us are Fred, Angel, Joey, Baby, Peaches, Sidney/Sydney, and Casper.
5. When a Cockatoo enters our care, they usually make friends rather quickly.  Most of our Cockatoos are friends with another of the same gender. Some select more unusual friends. Dakota, U2 & Fred, OWA and Quigley with Sonny, a male Senegal.
6. In 2016, we adopted out a total of 214 birds, 21 were cockatoos. In 2016, 2 cockatoos, one Umbrella  and one medium sulphur Crested  were returned to us from different adopters.

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For those of you interested in adopting from us, visit thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/ and learn about the process. We do adopt out of state. Cockatoo adoption fees range from $350 to $500. All birds have undergone a complete avian wellness exam, are microchipped, and are housed to stay social with people and other birds. If adoption isn't realistic, we would love sponsors for our flock, especially our cockatoos. We would be thrilled for your support and that you have undertaken the care for one of our flock. There are many ways to support us, so learn more at thegabrielfoundation.org/donate/

Why so many cockatoo's?

I love cockatoos! I just think they're the best. I haven't met one I didn't like yet and that includes some that didn't get along with other people. Lol.

I really want an umbrella cockatoo! I have a Grey from you guys. She needs a friend. But we should move to a bigger house first 😪

Thank you for taking in these wonderful birds. They are lucky to be in a great place you have.

Kat has to ALWAYS say hi to the conures when he first comes out. He likes to make sure his flock well ;)

Wow, 77 cockatoos must be capable of creating quite a racket!

I have 3 c2s, and 1 m2. They are no problems other than my mc2 is constant screamer. But the rest are OK. Just have to provide them with lots of chew toys.

We would love a Cockatoo but my dad absolutely loves your pair of Military Macaws.

Brandee Sounds like a place you would love 😊

I'll take em!!!!!!!!!💙

all my friends and all beautiful

Fred Fred

Fabulous & interesting post!

Britney Hayward....adopt a new friend

That's interesting, because when I visited the facility in Emma years ago I thought you had about 75 cockatoos way back then! But that was my guess - I couldn't help but notice that so many needed homes.

How can we adopt them? I live in NC. How much is adoption fee?

Wish I could help them all.....I'm old and they would outlive me...

I love all the TGF 'toos! Even M2 Jessy who gave me a nasty bite! :-)

Yonah Two Bears

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Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44. I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me. My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby. I would prefer a home where I'm the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself. One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated. With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you can't teach an old parrot new tricks. ... See MoreSee Less

Hi, my name is Kiwi. I’m a handsome Blue-Fronted Amazon around the age of 44.  I may be an older guy, but I have the energy of a teenager and still have many years ahead of me.  My family gave me up because they moved and had a new baby.  I would prefer a home where Im the only bird, so I can have all the attention for myself.  One of my favorite activities is learning new behaviors, because I am very food motivated.  With some time working together as teacher (me) and student (you), and of course  my favorite food treats, I know you and I can learn target training, and with your help I’ll be happy to touch targets, turn on a perch, and wave my foot on cue.  They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, but no one ever said you cant teach an old parrot new tricks.

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I would love to have him here with me. My Orange Wing Amazon crossed the Rainbow Bridge the day after Christmas at the young age of only 32 because her previous owners let her suffer with Asper for years then gave her to someone who knows nothing about birds and he called me to take her. I only had her for 2.5 years, but I know she was happy and getting the medical care she needed.

I am a new parrot mama. She is a beauty, a Meyer . We are learning what each other likes. ( ok, to be honest it's mostly what she like). Before I purchased her I ask my daughter if when I become to old to take proper care of her she would. She agreed which gave me peace of mind. She has a sun conure.

I wish I could have him. I'm in Wisconsin though :(. My bird Dexter is old I love older birds

You can come live with me and my 3 babies. How far are you from Gainesville FL

I would love to get him my parakeet just died on Saturday and would love to get another bird.

Beautiful bird...So upsetting that people would give up their bird (a member of family) because of a move and a baby...Didn't they even think about this before acquriing this beautiful bird...I hope this beautiful bird finds a forever home..I can see if someone is very ill and can't take care of their baby anymore.

What is wrong with people? I'm beginning to think we should have to go through a very thorough screening process before we're allowed to keep a parrot from any source.

Such a beautiful bird. I hope he finds a forever home, instead of one that just gives him up because he's "inconvenient". Breaks my heart 💔

So so so sweet! I would adopt him in a heartbeat if I didn't already have two eclectus. They are already a handful but I love them more than anything. I would give him a home in a minute if I didn't already have parrots. This boy is so so so sweet wish I knew someone to give him a forever home. With lots of love. That's what he really really really deserves. Not someone who'll give him up just because of changes and situation someone who loves him and will adapt because they love him and they love their new situation no matter what. Poor kiwi he deserves more and a loving home where he is greatly appreciated. God bless you kiwi I hope you find your forever home soon.

The long life expectancy of parrots is probably rarely considered when deciding to bring one home as a pet. I adore my own but think it's time the long-lived ones be banned as pets. How many people commit to 40 plus years with these creatures? Not enough shelters. Very sad.

Poor baby, would you leave your child?

Love him. He can come to my house I live in Minnesota

I love his face!

He is very likable guy, I have met him.

I want him he can live with us for sure

Awwww, Kiwi, you're gorgeous, so sweet!

Shared!

Shame on them !!!

Typical story - so sad :(

Kelsey Rooney!!!

Buck Healy

I would love to have a chat with the people that gave him up. They would not like me.

Merry Tubb this is the site and peanut's cousin is up for adoption! ❤️😢

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