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Bird Watchers

While visiting the Jungle Building you have the opportunity to see birds from all over the globe. On your next visit try to find as many species as you can. Here are a few more tips to increase the number of species you can see.

  • Take your time, try to spend 10-15 minutes at each of our benches. This time allows you to be still and blend in with the surroundings. Once you are seated, the birds hardly know you are there and will continue on with their activities.
  • Walk quietly. Birds are easily frightened away from loud noises or commotion.
  • Come early and stay late. Some of the best times for viewing the Jungle birds are early in the day and late in the afternoon. During these times, birds are waking up to search for food or finding roosting spots for the night.
  • Bring a pair of binoculars. Many of our birds are great to look at with the naked eye, but when you take a closer look you may see details that you didn’t before. Also, the binoculars will help you view the birds from a greater distance.
  • Come to the building during our scheduled Catch-a-Keeper feeding time. Keepers feed the birds twice a day. Our birds are very active during feeding time and are more visible. Feeding times are 1:30 PM during winter hours and 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM during summer hours.
  • Stop a keeper and ask questions. The bird keepers enjoy answering your questions or assisting you in locating a certain species that you may have missed.
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).