This is a wonderful show for bird lovers (or snake avoiders). Each 20-25 minute program is hosted by our knowledgeable trainers and features birds from around the world. Birds in the wild can be hard to find, and difficult to see well, but Guests to our shows will get a top-notch view.
When the sun is shining on our summer bird show, flight demonstrations can take place. We highly recommend bringing a camera! Guests who would like to help our fundraising efforts will get a unique opportunity at the end of the summer show. One of the feathered stars will reach out gently and take donations right from the hand .
Bird Fun Facts
- To call a person a “vulture” is no compliment – but by cleaning up carcasses, vultures actually play a critical role in limiting the spread of disease!
- You’d have to be pretty hungry to try to hunt and eat a rattlesnake, but red-tailed hawks have a strategy: they spread their wings, which increases the chance that the rattler will strike harmlessly at their feathers. If the rattler does lunge, it exposes itself and the hawk has a chance to seize and disable the snake.
- A bird's feathers usually weigh more than its skeleton does - their bones are honeycombed and mostly hollow, but are structurally strong.
- Owls are known for producing pellets, which are compressed packets of fur and bone they are unable to digest. What you might not know is that other raptors also produce pellets! However, their pellets are a bit less interesting as most of the bones are digested away, leaving mostly fur and feathers.
- Laughing Kookaburras are the world’s largest kingfisher. However, it’s more common to see them eating mice, lizards, and snakes than fish.
Animal Artists at Reptile Gardens
Some of our avian residents love to paint. You may walk by a spontaneous painting session during your visit, and even get a chance to hold the canvas for the parrot! If a piece of art really moves you, you can purchase it and take it home. Proceeds go to support the artists (OK, we buy them treats) and to some amazing wildlife charities: Idea Wild, Galapagos Conservancy, and the Black Hills Raptor Center.