Wings of Wonder Bird Encounter at the Zoo

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The “Wings of Wonder” Bird Encounter, which started in 1983 by Gary Denzler, was one of the country’s earliest bird encounters. The encounter originally consisted of only a few birds.

Today, the e ncounter consists of twenty-four different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. They implement a variety of behaviors from flying, calling, mimicking, climbing, and outsmarting their trainers. Some of the encounter animals include an Emu, Black-Footed Penguin, Hyacinth Macaw, Harris Hawk, Lanner Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, and Bald Eagle.

Catch the Ameritas Wings of Wonder Bird Encounter Wednesday – Sunday at 1pm & 3pm! Click here for more animal encounter schedules.


Come see the Bird Encounter in action at the Zoo. Our encounters are located at the Wings of Wonder Amphitheater and are free with admission to the Zoo. Don’t miss this educational and entertaining look at some of the zoo’s exotic animals.

When is the Bird Encounter at the Zoo available?

  • Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Purchase your Zoo admission tickets online and come see the Bird Encounter.Learn More >


Traveling Bird Encounter

The Bird Encounter staff offers traveling encounters that are great for all ages, organizations and events.

Assembly ProgramDesigned for audiences of 100-400 people. Includes up to eight species of birds and lasts 45 minutes.Mid-October to Mid-April$450 first program
$200 for additional programs
Classroom ProgramDesigned for audiences of less than 100 people. Includes four species of birds and lasts 30 – 40 minutes.Mid-October to Mid-April$200 first program
$75 for additional programs

Questions? or to register contact the Bird Encounter (513) 475-6105 or email [email protected]

Traveling Bird Encounter Standards for Schools*travel charge will be added for distances more than 20 miles from the zoo


Bird Encounter – OH Academic Standards (PDF)

Bird Encounter – KY Academic Standards (PDF)

Bird Encounter – IN Academic Standards (PDF)