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Happy Golden Anniversary, Aquatic Birds House!

September 25, 2014

Happy Golden Anniversary, Aquatic Birds House!

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Madeleine Thompson Madeleine Thompson

Happy anniversary to the Bronx Zoo’s Aquatic Birds House, which opened fifty years ago this week!

Built right on top of the foundation of the old Aquatic Birds House, the 1964 building included such features as open-fronted displays, sound effects, and educational graphics—features that we’re all used to in zoo exhibits today but that were very modern at the time. The building also expressed a modern conservation message, compelling visitors to understand the importance of saving the world’s dwindling wetlands.

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Frank Leonard
October 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Most of the Bird House is new, but the wall facing the flamingo pond is the original wall built in 1899. The city decided the wall was still good, and said it should stay, so the plans had to be all re-done. The old wall is still there. They drove then general director Dr. Tevan nuts. – FRANK LEONARD, Retired Bronx Zookeeper