Kula Eco Park Off the Queen's Road, across from the Outrigger Resort on the Lagoon Fiji, in Korotogo, 650 0505. Daily 10-4:30. F$20/US$13, under 12 F$10/US$6.50. Situated beside a tropical forest, Fiji's only wildlife park has a fine collection of brightly colored tropical birds and an aquarium stocked with examples of local sea life. It is one of the South Pacific's best places to view indigenous local flora and fauna in a natural lush rainforest setting and features an elevated walkway that is handicapped accessible. It is also the only facility for breeding endangered species in Fiji. The park has a large collection of iguanas that were confiscated from a smuggler at the airport, and visitors are permitted to hold the reptiles for pictures. On the lighter side, a sulfur-crested cockatoo here, known as Charlie, was painted orange about 18 years ago for his role in the TV series "Swiss Family Robinson." He loves to talk, and lives with his female sidekick Ratu. No ground birds are left on this island; they were all made extinct by the mongoose. All admission fees go back to caring for the animals. Allow 2 hours.
|travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers with iguana|
|Hawk's Bill sea turtle|
|Fiji national bird-collared lory or kula birds-in nesting box|
|Fiji sparrow hawk|
|Indian ringneck parakeet|
|pink spiral ginger plant|