Condor Court renovations begin at the National Aviary. New exhibit to house four Andean Condors.


11/10/2014

 

November 10, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The National Aviary is bringing Andean Condor conservation, education, and a little bit of Ecuador to Pittsburgh’s Northside with a new exhibit. 

Last week construction began on Phase I of a newly redesigned Condor Court. The future outdoor exhibit space will include a large new enclosure for the Andean Condors, complete with rocky ledges, nesting cavities, and a pool designed to reflect the birds’ natural habitat in Ecuador. Additional components to the new exhibit are large glass viewing panels to see the birds up-close and an educational conservation station, where visitors will learn more about Andean Condors and current efforts to protect the species.

The Indiana firm, Weber Group Inc. designed the new exhibit to provide not only a more interactive experience for visitors, but also a space large enough to accommodate all four of the National Aviary’s Andean Condors. As one of only three zoos nationwide to manage two pairs of these endangered species for breeding, the National Aviary will now be able to exhibit all of these massive birds at the same time. While the redesigned exhibit will remain within the National Aviary’s current footprint in Allegheny Commons Park, it will provide more space for the condors and additional outdoor exhibits for other charismatic bird species.     

The multiphase project will occur throughout the winter and spring. The condors will be on and off exhibit as construction needs dictate. Phase I has been funded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District and will include construction of the exhibit foundation, exterior rockwork, and a holding building for the condors to live indoors during extremely cold weather.

Phase II will begin in the spring and include the bird enclosures, a conservation station, and landscape design work. The National Aviary’s fundraising efforts are still underway for Phase II.

National Aviary visitors will be able to see the Andean Condors and their new exhibit by summer of 2015.

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About the National Aviary

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 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 intimate, up-close interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to hand-feed and to meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For admission rates and more information visit www.aviary.org.