National Aviary
Daily (except Tuesdays)
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Over at the National Aviary, a new multimedia show is transporting visitors into lush rainforests where they can meet birds never before seen at the North Side destination.

With its latest free-flight production, the Aviary invites bird lovers to step into the “Amazing Amazon” and experience the fragile beauty of rainforests around the planet.

Encounter birds native to endangered rainforest habitats, including plush-crested jays, grey-winged trumpeters, toco toucans and palm-nut vultures. Also making appearances will be colorful parrots and macaws, an armadillo, and the beloved sloth, Valentino.

During the in-flight action, birds will fly over guests and touch down throughout the theater. Visitors will also learn how they can take action to help preserve threatened rainforest species and habitats.

To capture the look and feel of the rainforest, the renovated Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone Theater boasts new, custom-made elements, including a floor-to-ceiling clay lick, intricate Kapok tree and detailed backdrops and stonework. The long-term display also features new videos, live narration, lighting and music.

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