Bird's Nest For People Is The Best Way To Escape Life Right Now
It's surrounded by elephants, lions and giraffes.
People have always been fascinated with animals.
From the time early human beings sketched bison, cats and birds on the cave walls in Lascaux, France, 20,000 years ago to early last century, when the Wright brothers built an airplane so people could have wings, people have been watching and imitating the feathered and furred creatures with whom we share the planet.
The desire to escape the distinctly human world has recently taken another shape: a bird's nest.
This bird's nest built for people is nestled in 50,000 acres of wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia, Kenya. The retreat, Segera, is trying to balance tourism with conserving the animals and land. The bird's nest was made from tree branches and sustainable sources of wood.
From the nest, which was a collaboration between Segera, Nay Palad and the architect Daniel Pouzet, people can have an unobstructed view of the majestic and endangered animals on the rangeland, including elephants, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes — and a couple of hundred kinds of native birds.
It's almost enough to make you forget about the complications of being in the human world — but the bird's nest is still equipped with what people need to be comfortable, including solar-heated running water, which is good for us and the environment.
Being one of a kind and responsibly constructed, staying in the bird's nest isn't cheap (it goes for, um, $1,150 per night). But hopefully the future will see more eco-friendly ideas that bring people closer to nature, physically and mentally — because we could all benefit from a nest like this.