The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

The Birds Will Welcome Back Visitors as the National Aviary Sets Plan for Phased Reopening with Safety in Mind


6/9/2020

Contact: 

Molly Toth, Communications Specialist Mobile: 412-508-2727 / molly.toth@aviary.org 

 

 

(Pittsburgh, Penn.) June 9, 2020 – The National Aviary was closed for over three months, but the busy lives of the National Aviary’s birds carried on in the expert care of the Aviary’s dedicated essential staff. The National Aviary today announced plans to welcome back visitors safely with a phased reopening plan on July 1. New safety protocols and capacity limitations will allow visitors to return to the nation’s bird zoo to get close to a colony of African Penguins, peek in on a new Victoria Crowned Pigeon chick, and relax in the quiet surrounds of the newly renovated Grasslands habitat. 

 

The National Aviary’s reopening follows best practices and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local authorities, and through collaborations with fellow members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as fellow cultural assets in Allegheny County. 

 

National Aviary Members will be the first welcomed back with exclusive opportunities to visit on June 28, 29, and 30. Beginning July 1, the National Aviary will reopen to the public with enhanced health and safety protocols, face covering requirements, and physical distancing. A new online timed ticketing system will allow visitors to experience the National Aviary’s immersive habitats while maintaining safe physical distancing during expanded hours. 

 

“The capacity limitations managed through the timed ticketing system will allow guests to continue to have the same high quality, immersive experiences that are signature to the National Aviary, in the safest way possible,” said Cheryl Tracy, National Aviary Executive Director. “We have factored in these new safety measures at all levels of our operations, and have expanded our animal encounters to offer even more opportunities for guests to safely interact with our flock and our experts.” 

 

Visitors will be able to purchase tickets on-line later this month at aviary.org. Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-book their tickets for one of the available time slots from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to ensure the best possible experience. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth during their visit. Face masks will be available for purchase at the National Aviary. 

 

In addition to expanded hours, visitors can enjoy even more opportunities, including a new Family Penguin Encounter, to get close to the National Aviary’s sloths, hawks, owls, and more. Guests can pre-book animal encounters in new and expanded time slots that offer a chance to get nose-to-beak in a safe, small group setting with animals at the National Aviary. Animal encounters include admission to the National Aviary. 

 

“During the closure, our staff continued to provide the highest standard of care for the more than 550 birds and mammals that call the National Aviary home. Their lives don’t change just because ours have,” Cheryl Tracy said. “A tremendous amount of time and resources goes into their care, and we have been heartened by the outpouring of support from the community. As we move forward with our reopening, that support is still critical.” 

 

During its closure, the National Aviary launched an Emergency Relief Efforts campaign, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, which helped the Aviary to overcome significant financial losses due to the loss of funding from admissions, education and other core programs. These funds helped the National Aviary to continue providing medical care, food, husbandry, and trainings during the prolonged shutdown. However, as significant capacity limits continue to inhibit program funding, individual support will continue to be needed for the National Aviary to thrive. Support can be directed to continuing these efforts at aviary.org/make-a-donation. 

 

 

 

 

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About the National Aviary: 

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds, and was recently named Pennsylvania’s Best Zoo according to Yelp reviewers. Located in Allegheny Commons Park on Pittsburgh’s historic Northside, 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 habitats 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. For more information, visit www.aviary.org. 

The National Aviary inspires respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.