MAY 22, 2017

Magnificent Macaws

Starting May 27, the Indianapolis Zoo will have a new magnificent exhibit. The zoo sky will be filled with brightly colored Macaws as they fly from destination to destination. They will fly to the new Bicentennial Pavilion for daily public shows and occasionally over the zoo sky. When the Macaws are not flying around the zoo, they are located in their new home in Forests.

 

While visiting the Zoo, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for their colorful feathers and loud squawks.

Out of the 19 species of macaws, seven will be featured at the Zoo. These species include the blue-throated macaw, scarlet macaw, great green macaw, blue-and-gold macaw, military macaw, green-winged macaw and hyacinth macaw. The Zoo Macaws are organized into three flocks- named the Racers, Pacers and Pit Crew, perfect names for Indianapolis!

One-third of the world’s native Macaws are currently endangered due to international pet trade and forest destruction. This new exhibit will bring awareness to the importance of bird conversation and provide a safe home for the macaws. Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, our community partner, the Zoo has plenty of support for their Bicentennial Pavilion project.

Magnificent Macaw presentations are included in regular Zoo admission. All zoo members are encouraged to visit from May 25 to 26 and receive free admission and a special preview of the new exhibit and presentations. It is going to be magnificent!  


BY: CLARE LEONARD
Clare Leonard is the Summer Communications and Marketing Intern for Visit Indy. Clare is a senior at Ball State University studying public relations with a minor in digital media. From attending Colts games to interning with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Clare loves all things Indy.

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