“The Nation's Premier Bird Zoo”
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other – an intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. As an environmental organization composed of educators, conservationists and researchers, the National Aviary’s goals are many. The Aviary aims to provide outstanding education programming for varied audiences; present the highest quality family recreational experience that a zoological institution can offer; save endangered species by preserving natural habitats; continue endangered bird breeding programs and conduct meaningful avian research; engender a sincere appreciation of nature and a respect for natural law; and instill a conservation ethic that teaches our immense responsibility as stewards of the planet.
A ‘must see’ stop if you’re visiting Pittsburgh Pa. It’s on the small side but there’s lots there! You can spend an hour just walking through, or three hours or all day interacting and observing. Birds fly, walk, swim and run freely in large habitat rooms. There are informative talks, and the staff is very friendly. There’s a cafe and gift shops inside the building. Paid parking onsite but it fills quickly. There is street parking or decks within easy walking distance. Overall, excellent and super fun.
You can feed bird there, it's awesome!!!
Lovely aviary. The staff are very courteous and not above answering any questions. There are several areas where you can walk with birds flying overhead. Each room transports you to a different habitat. Very well done.
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The National Aviary
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