Akademe's CURE Sanctuary

Akademe's CURE Sanctuary Akademe offers parrots and other domesticated birds a forever home. The project is named after our slogan (Compassion and Understanding with Right Effort).
Akademe Foundation is a Zen sanctuary offering academic educational resources and compassionate example to promote evolving consciousness through right understanding. We are not allowed to gain personally in any way, so gains we receive become dedicated to continuing Akademe and given into acts of compassion. The C.U.R.E. Sanctuary project focuses primarily on parrots and other domesticated birds. It is our hope to create a model of enrichment and compassion for such projects, educate, and encourage adapted replication for parrots and other animals.
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04/26/2020
Naturee

Naturee

Would you let your pet bird fly outdoors? šŸ¦

04/24/2020

Lizard Chase

04/24/2020

Budgies
I ran in to get the camera hoping I would catch a budgie chasing lizards. By the time I got back, the lizards were gone. So I turned on the next element of entertainment: the sprinklers.

04/23/2020

Pauliebird is always so excited to come out to the aviary. He always bursts forth in flight and calls out his arrival. He started getting into mischief this spring. The best response is to give them the space they need to be birds.

Ginger's Parrot Rescue
04/18/2020

Ginger's Parrot Rescue

Introducing..... Buster, the Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot!
He was surrendered to the rescue a week ago yesterday by a family that could not afford his medical care. Here is his story...

Buster belonged to an older couple for a few years, and a few months ago the remaining owner passed away. He was then given to the daughter. During all that time, Buster had a developing problem. What started out as a small "growth" on his belly, grew over a six year period to the size of a baseball! And it was never taken care of because of financial issues.

By the time the daughter got Buster, the growth made it nearly impossible for him to perch or move around without great difficulty. She did not have the financial means to give him the medical care required, and that is how he came to me.

Buster saw our avian vet, Dr. Todd Driggers, a week ago yesterday. He did some radiographs to help determine the course of action to remove it. Fortunately for Buster, it doesn't appear to involve any internal organs. It was most likely caused by a foreign object embedded under the skin. Since it was never removed, the body encapsulated around it and formed a type of cyst. Then, over the years, his body continued to encapsulate it, adding layer upon layer of tissue.

The good news is that it can be removed with a less invasive surgery by laser. The surgery is scheduled for Monday morning, April 20th. The only caveat to this is that once Dr. Todd Driggers begins the surgery he will know better what is involved. Plus, there is a small chance he could be wrong and this may be a cancerous growth. These things are difficult to access without actually physically seeing inside. And, or course, there is always the risk of death from anesthesia.

Buster is a young, healthy bird and hopefully he will do well. If all goes as planned, he may even come back to the rescue the same day. I will give an update on Monday afternoon once I hear from Dr. Todd Driggers.

I know that times right now are tough for many of us. Money is tight, and it is difficult to ask, but if you could donate to help support his medical expenses Buster and I would be forever grateful.

I moved Max and Squeaks back out to the aviary with their house. Squeaks kept hitting the window. Then she'd go over and...
04/17/2020

I moved Max and Squeaks back out to the aviary with their house. Squeaks kept hitting the window. Then she'd go over and nest under Peaches' nest. Peaches has been getting irritated by them and even started running them off. So I offered Max, he jumped in the carrier. Squeaks was naturally less cooperative.

Twinkie sat still long enough to a get good picture!

04/17/2020
Budgies

With all the brush cleared, the prairie dogs no longer have places to ambush and murder the budgies. We've also been dumping seed down their holes so they aren't so desperate.

The pigeon trap should be here operational Tuesday. That will help us lift the desperation off the natives and get things back to the natural order.

The aviary is also being seeded and watered regularly. We are hopeful that if it is overgrown like the big aviary, that the prairie dogs will feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. They do like the open and places to hide. They aren't keen on being in a jungle.

04/17/2020
Gizmo, Jewel, Angel

Gizmo loves to dance. Jewel wants to join in. And of course Angel wants to be rowdy. All with the bobbing support of Peaches. The birds are generous. I am so out of tune you can't tell I'm whistling Monty Python's "Always look on the bright side of life..."

04/14/2020
Mid-April

I really wanted to capture Pauliebird flying, but the stupid digital camera decided to wait to focus on nothing. Peaches is inside babysitting Pebbles' eggs. Every time I point a camera at her, she jumps out like I'm going to snitch her off and get her in trouble with Pebbles.

Twinkie was out earlier. I've noticed she is spooked by cameras. She will be making sweet swooning gestures with dilating eyes at me, then flee the scene as soon as I show the camera.

I was hoping to show the foliage better. It is hard to see the little jalepeno plants or even the young tree among all the safflower and sunflower plants. Even the 6' tall Mexican bird of paradise and grape vines don't have enough body to stand out for the camera to adequately show. Some of the wheat and corn grasses are also fairly tall and dense, overwhelming the less used walkway.

Our resident hawks live in one big tree and hunt perched atop another, both an acre behind us. Occasionally they come ha...
04/11/2020

Our resident hawks live in one big tree and hunt perched atop another, both an acre behind us. Occasionally they come hang out in our trees.

They have no interest in the pigeons who are eating all the natives out of house and home. If I don't keep the pigeons away, they eat the food I set out for our animals. The pigeons are why the prairie dogs became desperate.

04/11/2020
04/05/2020
Gizmo is HOME!

Gizmo is HOME!
Thanks to our post in Nextdoor.com that alerted the neighborhood nearby, he was found and we got a call to pick him up. He is one very hungry, tired, and happy little boy!

He is a prime example of why we want our birds flighted and flying well. When a flighted bird gets out, it turns around, comes back in or goes to someone. They see the hawks killing all the time. They don't want to be out there! They want to be in the house where it is safe and familiar with their friends and family.

He didn't fly well. When he accidentally went out the AZ room door, he crashed into the aviary. The hawks were out as usual, and by the time we could get to him with a ladder, he was gone. No doubt looking for cover and not in good control to get himself into the house.

Thank you everyone who helped find him!

FOUND!Gizmo slipped out the AZ room on Apr 3. We recovered him on Apr. 5 thanks to a neighbor and nextdoor.com's notific...
04/04/2020

FOUND!
Gizmo slipped out the AZ room on Apr 3. We recovered him on Apr. 5 thanks to a neighbor and nextdoor.com's notification.

He is a prime example of why we want our birds flighted and flying well. When a flighted bird gets out, it turns around, comes back in or goes to someone. They see the hawks killing all the time. They don't want to be out there! They want to be in the house where it is safe and familiar with their friends and family.

He didn't fly well. When he accidentally went out the AZ room door, he crashed into the aviary. The hawks were out as usual, and by the time we could get to him with a ladder, he was gone. No doubt looking for cover and not in good control to get himself into the house.

Thank you everyone who helped find him!

04/02/2020
Peaches & Pauliebird

They were having fun until Angel decided to intervene and the memory card ran out.

04/01/2020
Sulcata Crossing

Claudia wanted to come in and snoop around. So I let her in. The birds do not approve!

03/29/2020
Nesting

Every morning before he goes out to the aviary, Dexter shreds old papers, mail, ads, and catalogs to make me a nest.

03/26/2020
Pauliebird & Peaches

Pauliebird and Peaches playing in the Dining Room.

Pauliebird is a normally skittish fellow, and the M2s seem to treat him like he's their baby. I keep a close eye on any play with Dexter or the M2s anyway so...

Think outside the box
03/24/2020

Think outside the box

Aviary Plans
03/19/2020

Aviary Plans

03/18/2020
Spring in Aviary

Most of the kids want to be outside enjoying the weather while it's good. Angel, Max, and Squeaks are still in the house. Twinkie is in the hen house which is briefly visited during this video.

The brief and unremarkable winter led into a season of rampaging hormones.
03/10/2020

The brief and unremarkable winter led into a season of rampaging hormones.

Scam AlertSure the sticker is the size advertised, but the picture on the sticker has 2" margins. The actual image is so...
03/09/2020

Scam Alert
Sure the sticker is the size advertised, but the picture on the sticker has 2" margins. The actual image is so small it fits on a cell phone. It's not a bumper sticker! No way to complain, contact the vendor, etc.

Protective Parrot Petals by Pam
03/02/2020

Protective Parrot Petals by Pam

Birds are flock creatures, they require time, love, interaction along with proper food and water. They are intelligent; they need toys, foraging and out of cage time.

Chicken thoughts
02/25/2020

Chicken thoughts

Featuring Beebie from Biggie's Kingdom!

02/23/2020
Sunday Reading

Dexter "reads" some part of the paper every day. After he goes out, I clean up because Peaches doing one of her short flights will send the particles everywhere.

Pebbles' skin is healed very well and she is starting to recover some feathers. Unfortunately she gets started grooming then builds herself into a frenzy, so I can only leave her naked briefly.

02/11/2020
Popular Balls

These balls give cardboard boxes a run for their money. We have a ton of these in stock. $3 each + S&H... or drop by and get a couple! Proceeds of course go to the Sanctuary.

Peaches
02/11/2020

Peaches

Miss America is a female Moluccan cockatoo, DOB 8/29/2013 (est.). Arrived 8/29/2017. She knows she's perfect and beautiful and won't take no for an answer. She currently only flies short distances.

She has a surprisingly balanced and healthy sense of boundaries with her handler. She loves to go out and get attention from everyone. She is sweet as pie with her handler present. She will hurt you if you try handling her unsupervised or if you refuse to pay attention.

The cockatiels are her babies. She runs screaming like she will be murdered from all the little Americans. Deep inside she wants to murder them, but she knows this would displease her handler.

Loves pizza, pastas, meats, Gala apples, navel oranges, grapes, blue berries, fresh salad, dunks Zupreme fruit blend...

Pauliebird
02/11/2020

Pauliebird

Male Goffins cockatoo, DOB 1/8/2000, 294 g. Arrived 11/25/2016. Minor plucking damage on back, legs, lower torso.

His plucking appears to be attention seeking. He will pull a feather and plant it on or in your nose or somewhere else like a joke. The only response is to set him down to play with toys. Do not appear entertained as it exacerbates the behavior.

Very creative little fellow, great at taking off harnesses, stealing bolts, taking things apart... Likes the dogs. Loves pastas especially. Womanizer. Will spend all day every day with any woman. Loves to sleep perched on a person (with regular potty breaks).

Not a huge fan of other birds. Keeps pretty much to himself. The M2s treat him like he's their baby and he does like pulling Gizmo's tail. Has his own perches in AZ room, dining room, and bedroom.

Pebbles
02/11/2020

Pebbles

Female Moluccan cockatoo, DOB 8/24/86 (est.), 836 g. mutilator with scoliosis and widespread broken bones. Arrived 12/6/2017. She flies like a bowling ball, which is to say she doesn't move fast enough to spread her wings, and with all the hardware makes a very loud thump.

Had surgery in April 2018 to reduce scarring and shave keel bone in hopes of reducing mutilation behavior. Blew her stitches in the first couple weeks. Used silver sulfadiazine to begin healing followed by trying everything. The most effective were Blu-Kote (Q-tip level moderation), Corona Multi-purpose, and especially Manuka honey ointment.

Took 20 months to heal. Extensive nerve damage. Medications from gabapentin to haldol, AviCalm to CBD, and melatonin make no difference. The surgery just made the whole situaiton worse. She now typically wears collars in layers, and a protective vest with a leather front.

Loves pizza, pastas (especially Chef-boyardee ravioli and rigatoni), Gala apples, navel oranges, grapes, blue berries, fresh salad, peanuts, cherry tomatoes...

This album is for quick reference to educational photos, toys, nests, harnesses, protective wear, medications, food, fac...
02/11/2020

This album is for quick reference to educational photos, toys, nests, harnesses, protective wear, medications, food, facilities and materials.

This album is for quick reference to educational photos, toys, nests, harnesses, protective wear, medications, food, facilities and materials.

02/11/2020
Lights Out in Aviary

Lights Out in Aviary
Never know what you'll see sneaking up on the hen house. Billie was hanging upside down playing with a bell when I slipped in. He saw me and sounded the alarm sending two cockatiels flying from the doll house. Norra stayed behind.

Twinkie popped her head up and dilated her eyes repeatedly. Pretty sure it was more about the camera than me.

Billie loves his play time with the squeaky toy... and a few head scratches. The budgies are busy in their own world, aside from the few busy watching TV.

I usually turn the lights out before coming in. But for the sake of the camera, I left them on Usually the TV is the alst to go off.

02/10/2020
Aviary, February 2020

It's like spring.Pauliebird, Dexter, Billie, and Gizmo outside enjoying the greate weather. Twinkie has taken to Dexter'sold nest, brooding over fake eggs. The budgies and cockatiels seem more interested in TV and ech other than going outside.

NestsNests are a way to roll with hormones and their nature, but also a great way to regulate behavior. We do not give o...
02/10/2020

Nests
Nests are a way to roll with hormones and their nature, but also a great way to regulate behavior. We do not give our constantly breeding budgies so much as food dishes or they would be reproducing. They paid no mind to the fake eggs at all. We started with wood chicken eggs, https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CJ7KWW2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

which are fine for the bigger parrots, and now use plastic pigeon eggs. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X9TVN2I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Notice each nest is away from a window by a wall so they feel safe. We've observed that pluckers are up at all hours needing activities, so we provide and the plucking is kept in check.

To the left of the first picture is a chiminea elevated on top of a small bird cage (bottom taken out, door locked open). It is in the corner like this intentionally in case she ever decided to get territorial. She is sitting in the cage she came in (door removed) with a foraging trey on top with cockatiels.

This chiminea has a dirt floor with paper, a mirror, some hanging bells, fake chicken and dove eggs, and a light atop. There are perches attached to both cages with food and water dishes making for easy access.

To the upper right is the cockatiel's doll house. No easy access. Fake dove eggs. Their own food dish. They sleep in a different place every night, but love hanging out here.

The BBQ pit with interior is Jewel the yellow-naped mini-macaw's, She's into electronics and gadgets. She doesn't destroy things generally, so she has the nicest carpet-lined house with a fancy mirror and a ton of toys. I even had to shred the paper for her floor for her.

The perch is PVC coated with layers of Elmer's glue and sand. The stand rolls out for cleaning and the top portion is suspended from the ceiling and wall. Her roof is a metal grate with a section cut out so she can come and go from the top too.

The second BBQ pit is lined with hemp that will be replaced with enamel paint. This M2 is disabled and mutilates. She generally shows interest in the mirror and her fake eggs. Her nest also has a regular perch, water dish, and extra gratings and perch arrangement so she can maneuver. The bottom is filled with old clothes and some shredded paper (she kicked most of it out). Her backup evening nest is the last chiminea shown.

The last image has three pictures. The first is a wood barrel with the side cut open for a severe macaw. He doesn't care about eggs, but he sure loves to beat up on these cat toy balls. And when he wants my attention in the morning, he will ring the bells hanging by the door. The wood perch goes through to the back and is attached. The base is filled with paper and old clothes. A cholla branch spans the top to hang things from.

The last chiminea is the backup nest for the disabled M2. It has a dirt floor with old clothes, a bit of rope to swing herself in and out, and some fake eggs. Not to mention a lamp to shine in through the top.

The aviary birds do not have enclosed nests. The cockatiels have a large doll house with an open back against a mirror. The IRN has taken to an old strainer with cloth and fake eggs next to a mirror. The budgies aren't even given food dishes they can nest in as they would reproduce like cockroaches.

Address

17985 W Hopi Dr
Casa Grande, AZ
85122

General information

The C.U.R.E. Sanctuary follows Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries standards that include: not operating as a zoo; not buying, selling, breeding, or adopting out animals; and providing security measures against theft of animals. Only visitors with valid reasons are permitted. For further information please contact George, the project manager, at 520-424-6043.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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George has such a love for our feathered friends. Making sure they all have somewhere to go. Watching him build the sanctuary was quite impressive. He preserved through any setbacks and always put the birds safety and comfort as his top priority. I highly recommend Akademeā€™s CURE Sanctuary.
Save this birds as well. They lives in Bhutan woods.
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