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Santa Fe Zoo aviary set to open on Sunday

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At the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, they are taking flight with Spoonbills and Wood Ducks—and you can get up close and personal with them, starting on Sunday.

The new Santa Fe aviary will feature native Florida birds in a tropical habitat.

“What we found is that a lot of people don’t go outside to their on backyard to see the amazing animals around them,” says Jonathan Miot, Santa Fe Zoo director. “So we brought some animals here, and it gives people an opportunity and get really close to them.”

The 75 foot aviary took around six months to build.


Every rock, plant and tree were brought in by students, all to create an environment that makes the animals feel at home.

“We try to mimic that natural, wild feel,” says Miot.

This immersive exhibit is the start of many projects the Santa Fe Zoo plans to offer.

“We are constantly striving to improve ourselves, not only as a facility to the public, but also as a teaching zoo,” says Miot. “There will be more species, there will be more habitats and the zoo will continue to grow.”

For more information, you can click here for the Santa Fee Teaching Zoo website.

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