TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The Zaksee Bird Sanctuary in Citrus Park is constantly filled with chirping, chatter, and overhead flybys. Then there's the mess the birds leave behind. It's enough to drive anybody nuts.
That's the way Majid "Magic" Esmaeili likes it. His sanctuary is a sort of orphanage for unwanted, discarded, and homeless birds.
Magic is as unique as the birds that surround him. "There is a special bond between us. Everybody sooner or later finds out what they like, or what their passion is, but animals love me so I love them back.”
He says caring for just a single bird can be up to $1,000 a year. He has a few hundred of them.
Magic relies on donations and volunteers to educate the public that these birds are a lifelong constant commitment, not your typical pet. Some of these exotic birds live for over 75 years.
"You have to do your homework before you buy one of these guys," he said.
Sadly, most people don't and it's become a huge problem. They come to Magic to find a home here, and it's become rather crowded. "I refuse up to 200, 300 every month."
Magic admits he hates to turn away an unwanted exotic bird, but he's stretched to the max. He gives the birds the time, money and attention they need to survive.
"We try to teach them to fly, give them treats, and talk to them. They love to talk to people," he explained.
Zaksee's isn't open to the public. However, if you sponsor one of their birds, Magic says you get full access to the sanctuary.
LINK: Visit their website for more information: https://zaksee.com/