Nestled east of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, a lush sanctuary is home to dozens of exotic birds from far and wide.
Akram Yehia, owner of the 400-square-meter (4,300-square-foot) Marshall Nature Preserve, set up the huge caged aviary in the backyard of his home four years ago and has handcrafted dozens of the birdhouses. He created a habitat of trees, adding a garden pond and misters to cool off from the scorching Sudanese heat. More than 100 birds of 13 different species now inhabit the reserve.
Rose-ringed parakeets, finches, as well as meyers and red-rumped parrots fly over the branches and compete for nest boxes in the reserve.
Sudanese and foreign visitors are only allowed to visit for two to three hours a day.