Exotic Bird Shows

Have an intimate interaction with birds from around the world in our exotic bird shows - get up close, get personal, take pictures, and talk one on one with our keepers about these wonderful winged creatures! Each day, our bird area welcomes guests with a different array of birds from our collection of exotic avian residents:

  • King Vulture
  • Auger Buzzard
  • Macaw
  • African Gray Parrot
  • Eurasian Owl
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Rook named Zorro

Visit the exotic bird show arena between shows where you will have the opportunity to visit with a staff member and get a close-up look at some of these amazing avians.

Summer Season Show Times:

10:30 | 12:30 | 2:30 | 4:30 | 6:15

The Bird Shows run ONLY from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Show times are subject to change. Please call ahead if you want to see a specific show.

Several times a day, our Keepers will discuss and showcase our bird’s natural talents – see a raptor take flight or talk with a parrot. A few of our feathered friends may even show off some of their learned behaviors – our Rook named Zorro is famous for taking donations*.

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Bird Fun Facts

  1. A bird's normal body temperature is 7-8 degrees hotter than a human’s.
  2. Birds lack sweat glands, so 75% of the air they breathe is used to help cool them down.
  3. A bird's heart beats 400 times per minute while they are at rest. In flight, their heart may beat up to 1000 beats per minute.
  4. Air sacs may make up 20% of the body volume of a bird, reducing the overall body weight of the bird.
  5. A bird's feathers weigh more than its skeleton does - their bones are honeycombed and mostly hollow, but are structurally strong.
  6. The shape of a bird's beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
  7. The Peregrine Falcon is the world’s fastest bird with an in flight speed of 90 mph and diving speeds up to 200 mph.
  8. The world's smallest owl is the elf owl weighing in at 1.5 ounces.
  9. Vultures can soar for hours without beating their wings.
  10. A hawk's vision is so good that it can see a mouse from a height of one mile.
  11. The largest of the parrot species is the Hyacinth Macaw, which can grow to a length of about 40 inches.
  12. Molecular and fossil evidence indicated birds and crocodilians are more closely related to dinosaurs than any other reptile.

Conservation Status

Of the nearly 10,000 extant bird species in the world, 25% are considered endangered or threatened.


Major threats to the world’s birds are habitat loss due to the spread of agriculture and human use of biological resources, invasive species (especially predators), and environmental pollution.

*Zorro’s collection is later donated to aid the conservation efforts of the charity Idea Wild.

Paintings by the Animal Artists at Reptile Gardens

Now you can own an original painting by a Reptile Gardens artistic animal. Proceeds go to support the artists (OK, to buy them treats) as well as to three great wildlife charities: Idea Wild (ideawild.org), Galapagos Conservancy (galapagos.org), and Black Hills Raptor Center (blackhillsraptorcenter.org).

See all of the paintings by our animal artists