New Multimedia Free-Flight Show Amazing Amazon Opens at the National Aviary Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater



Robin Weber, National Aviary Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations

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Show highlights the fragile beauty of the rainforest and its inhabitants, includes first-ever appearances by bird species new to National Aviary shows

March 7, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The National Aviary today debuted a new multimedia free-flight show in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater.  Amazing Amazon, presented by AAA Travel, is the latest indoor free-flight bird show created exclusively for the National Aviary.  Amazing Amazon, now running twice daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., highlights the fragile beauty of the world’s rainforests and the birds and wildlife native to these endangered habitats. Audiences are transported to the depths of the Amazon through dramatic video, theatrical lighting, music, narration, a new custom designed set, and close interactions with rainforest animals and birds.

Audiences will encounter species never before seen in live shows at the National Aviary, including a Toco Toucan, Plush-crested Jay, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Southern Three-banded Armadillo, and Scarlet Ibis, demonstrating free-flight and other natural behaviors.  In addition, Valentino, one of the National Aviary’s Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloths, makes his way s-l-o-w-l-y across a vine spanning the stage, while the audience learns facts about this remarkable species, its natural adaptations, and its dependence on the rainforest for survival.  Other birds appearing in Amazing Amazon include a variety of colorful macaws, a Palm-nut Vulture, and an aracari (small toucan).

Video, music, lighting, a custom set design, and live narration by the National Aviary’s professional trainers combine to provide a vibrant setting to showcase the live bird and animal appearances. This multi-sensory production was created in partnership with arts producer Dan Fallon, set designer Britton Mauk, sculptor and scenic artist Peter Johnson, and scenic artist and sculptor Alicia Diaz. The redesigned set includes custom features such as a new floor-to-ceiling clay lick, an intricately designed Kapok tree, and detailed backdrops and stonework.

The intimate setting of the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater ensures that every member of the audience is in the midst of the action, with plenty of opportunities for up close views including birds flying over seated guests and touching down at various places throughout the theater. During the course of the show, guests will learn about threats to the rainforest and steps that everyone can take to help preserve rainforest habitats. 

Amazing Amazon is presented by AAA Travel.  Funding for the Amazing Amazon theater renovations and show has been generously provided by the Robert and Mary Weisbrod Foundation.  

Amazing Amazon 

Begins March 7

Daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm Except for Tuesdays when our birds are resting.

$5 per person in addition to general admission



About the National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located 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