Guinness World Records recently confirmed that the Shukavana bird home in Mysuru, India has set a record for the Most bird species in an aviary.
The striking 50-metre high free-flight aviary has around 2,100 colourful residents, of 468 different species.
The one acre aviary was set up by Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji – head of the spiritual, cultural and social welfare organisation Avadhoota Datta Peetham in Mysuru.
Dr Swamiji feels strongly about animal welfare and conservation, so he created Shukavana to preserve endangered species of birds.
Attached to the aviary is a large hospital, where Dr Swamiji and his team of volunteers treat injured, sick and abandoned birds.
Sri Swamiji has an incredible relationship with the feathered creatures and has trained many of the parrots to talk and interact with visitors.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Rishi Nath was invited to Shukavana to verify the record and present its creator with an official certificate.
Sri Swamiji currently holds eight Guinness World Records titles, including Largest Hindu Smriti, Most people chanting and Largest display of bonsai trees.
The record-breaking display of bonsai trees was hosted at the International Bonsai Convention and Exposition in December 2016 and consisted of 2,649 cultivated plants.
Dr Swamiji’s zodiac garden has since become a popular tourist destination. Similar to the aviary, it was created to preserve rare species of nature inside the hugely populated city of Mysuru.