National Aviary Offers New Group Tours

National Aviary Offers New Group Tours

In addition to guided tours and a roster of interactive experiences, Pittsburgh’s National Aviary now has new opportunities for groups to get close to, interact with and hand-feed rare and beautiful birds.

A new Aracari Feeding allows guests learn about the Aviary’s recently acquired Curl-crested Aracaris. Group members can also feed these colorful, lively birds as they hop from arm to arm. Native to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, Curl-crested Aracaris are among the smallest of the toucan species, and feature curled feathers on their heads and glossy red feathers around their shoulders.  The National Aviary’s Aracaris have been hand-raised to be comfortable around humans, and are gentle and friendly with children and adults.

Groups of up to 25 people can also book an Owl Encounter to get close to one of the Aviary’s many species of owls. In this private meet and greet, group members will learn about these remarkable hunters and get (almost) nose to beak with these truly spectacular birds of prey.  A few adventurous members will also have the opportunity to hold an owl on glove.

And if penguins are among your group’s favorite birds, a Penguin Painting Package is an unforgettable chance to interact with the National Aviary’s endangered African Penguins. In this private encounter, National Aviary penguins dip their feet in a variety of paint colors and waddle across canvases as participants look on. The penguins enjoy the interaction with guests, and group members have the opportunity to talk with trainers and learn about the species while the “artists” are at work. Each group member receives a souvenir painted canvas.

Additional group experience and dining packages are available. For more information on group tours and programs, pricing and to book these and other group experiences at the National Aviary, contact Group Sales Coordinator Audrey Beichner at 412-258-9463 or email . Additional details available at

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.

Randy Mink

Contributor: Randy Mink

Randy Mink is the Managing Editor of Leisure Group Travel Magazine. He is based in Chicago, IL.

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