Saving Species

Every day, the National Aviary works to save species and protect their habitats, leading the way to a brighter future for species like endangered African Penguins and formerly extinct-in-the-wild Guam Rails.

As a leader of the SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) Program for African Penguins, the National Aviary is identifying conservation strategies with partners around the globe to find comprehensive solutions to keep this beloved species safe.

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Guam Rails are now thriving in the wild after an absence of more than 30 years, thanks to the work of zoos collaborating through the Guam Rail Species Survival Plan® (SSP). As a participant in the Guam Rail SSP, the National Aviary has raised more Guam Rails than any other North American AZA-accredited zoo, and many birds hatched in Pittsburgh are now living in the wild.

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In The News

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National Aviary to offer ‘World of Oceans’ program | Observer Reporter

The summer season has begun at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh where a “World of Oceans” await.

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Best of the Burgh: Best Pittsburgh Events to Get All Dressed Up | Pittsburgh Magazine

Night in the Tropics allows guests to explore the largest aviary in the country after dark; food, drinks, dancing and getting up-close with some of the Aviary’s 500 birds are mainstays of the program.

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Hike, Bike, Explore, and Support the National Aviary’s Second Annual Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan |

After a successful inaugural year, the virtual fundraiser supporting the National Aviary is back with a new, intuitive platform allowing hikers, bikers, and explorers to connect with nature from anywhere in the world.

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Vitro Architectural Glass Helping Restore Aviary Wetlands | Building Enclosure

The Wetlands habitat renovation includes the addition of over 20,000 square-feet of bird-friendly glass donated by Vitro Architectural Glass.

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