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Wings of the World

Feathers, wings and hollow bones are just a few of the physical characteristics that enable birds to fly. The ability to fly has allowed a great diversity of birds to arise and successfully adapt to habitats across the globe. Wings of the World welcomes visitors to a celebration of flight.

Originally a reptile house built in 1936, Wings of the World was renovated in 1996 to house and display a variety of birds from songbirds to puffins. Elaborate artwork and lavishly planted aviaries give life to naturalistic exhibits, portraying habitats such as rainforests, grasslands and wetlands.

Habitat Renovations

Beginning December 6, 2017, Wings of the World will close for renovations. When it reopens in spring 2018, guests will enjoy a new and improved experience and an enhanced opportunity to connect to nature through birds. Due to this construction, there will be no Penguin Parades this year during half-price days.

During renovation, we’ll refinish the walls and floors, upgrade the ventilation systems and install new lighting. While we’ll maintain habitats for a wide variety of birds from around the world, the signage and interactive elements, designed to engage guests of all ages in learning about birds and how to become better bird neighbors, will be all new. Visit us next spring to see all your favorite birds, from parrots to penguins, in a whole new light! This renovation was made possible in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The Zoo cares for the largest collection of kea – a highly intelligent mountain parrot from New Zealand – in North America and is committed to the conservation of this species.  The Cincinnati Zoo also supports the efforts of the Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) to conserve wild kea in their natural habitat and increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of kea held in captive facilities. Learn more here!