In the spring of 2003, Zoo Miami was proud to open the American Banker’s Family Aviary, Wings of Asia, where visitors can explore the story of evolution, and get up close and personal with several species of birds while learning about their connection to dinosaurs. Beginning in the entry plaza, you will find different interactive opportunities to learn about birds and dinosaurs including touching realistic casts of dinosaur fossils and bird skeletons. Kids can even search for a 40-foot long skeleton of a dinosaur in a mock excavation pit. The walkways feature imprints of dinosaur tracks and old plant leaves, leaving it up to visitors to figure out which species could have wandered through. Inside the temple, you can learn more about modern birds through interactive displays filled with information. From the Observation Center and from behind two waterfalls in the Potamkin Conservation Center, you can watch the aquatic birds swim around and dive for their food.
After exiting the temple, you will find yourself immersed in the majesty of Asian bird life. Over 300 rare and endangered Asian birds live in the Aviary, representing more than 70 different species, including colorful pheasants and hornbills, and small pigeons. While making your way through the Aviary, you may hear the birds sing beautiful songs and make strange vocalizations. Splashing fish and trickling water from serene waterfalls add to the ambiance. Birds will soar overhead, perch on trees and play hide and seek with visitors, as they are free to roam the Aviary as they please. The Aviary takes the form of a large free-flight enclosure, allowing the birds to fly unrestricted and move around naturally.
To add to the environment, the Wings of Asia Aviary is filled primarily with Asian plants that provide habitat niches for birds, making the exhibit feel complete. Some bear delicate and pretty flowers like the Butterfly Ginger plant, with its white petals that resemble butterflies. Other trees stand tall and strong, like the Apple Blossom Shower and the Japanese Fern tree. Creeping vines, firm bamboos and beautiful orchids can all be found within the Aviary garden. You can also keep an eye out for trees and plants that bear familiar fruits, like mangoes and loquats. A variety of palm trees native to Asia add to the foliage; some are tall and fanned out, like the Chinese Fan Palm, while others are shorts and more clustered like the Lady Palm. Over 100 different plants, trees and shrubs fill the Wings of Asia Aviary, providing shelter and hiding spots for the many birds that reside there.
A portion of our Wings of Asia building will be closed for renovations - Please pardon our dust!