Enjoy blooms and plumes on your next visit!

This weekend, tulip bulbs will be open and so will the renovated Wings of the World bird habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Renovation Photos | Bird Photos

“It’s more than a facelift.  In addition to the beautiful and bright new walls and signs, we’ve provided guests with an enhanced opportunity to connect to nature throug

h birds,” said Manager of Interpretive Exhibits, Shasta Bray.  “New interactive elements have been designed to engage guests of all ages in learning about birds and how to become better bird neighbors.”

Visitors will observe an amazing diversity of birds from across the globe, in the open-air mixed-species aviaries and half a dozen other bird habitats, while making connections to our own native bird species.

Bird-watching tips, seek-and-find opportunities and bird identification activities are featured in games and colorful, Charley Harper inspired, signage throughout the building.

“I’m excited to see families play the “Migration Game,” where they pretend to be a flock of migrating birds facing challenges along the way. Each challenge focuses on a threat birds face during migration and shares ways to make this journey easier for birds. At the end of a successful migration, the flock can celebrate by snapping and sharing photos of themselves inside a bird nest,” said Bray.

Another important upgrade is good for the birds and for the environment.  The lighting is now LED, supplemented with UVA-emitting lights that allow birds to see a whole spectrum of colors that humans cannot and skylights to enhance the natural light.

“Many of the birds’ habitats were also upgraded with diverse (and beautiful) trees and plants, new perching, and new substrates. Our goal with any of the animals and plants we care for, is to create a dynamic and enriching space for them to live in. This renovation allowed us to continue providing an excellent experience for our birds,” said David Orban, Cincinnati Zoo’s Animal Excellence Coordinator.

Visit the Zoo soon to see all your favorite birds, from parrots to penguins, in a whole new light! This renovation was made possible in part from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.