There is something new for guests at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha.
The Meadowlark Theater was unveiled yesterday and shows inside officially start today. Mandy Krebs is the Interactive Animals Program Manager and says the theater seats 400 guests for their Birds of Flight Program that is an educational and interactive experience for guests. Krebs says their hope is to also teach others conservation methods to help all forms of wildlife.
Krebs says, “We really want to engage our guests about the little things they can do to help wildlife. I think free-flighted birds near you makes you feel connected to those animals and it gives us an opportunity to open the door to talk about conservation that the zoo does but also what you can do at home to help wildlife.” She says another goal of the program was to eliminate barriers between guests and animals so they can feel a closer connection and stronger bond and a sense of caring to help animals.
The Birds of Flight Program will feature up to 35 birds ranging from owls, parrots, Guinea fowl, macaws, hawks and a turkey vulture. They will also have larger birds featured as the summer progresses. Krebs says the birds will fly back and forth over the audience and land on perches. Others will walk among the guests. The crowd can interact with the birds and trainers to ask questions and meet the birds following each performance.
There will be three 20 minute shows each day. The Meadowlark Theater has bleacher seating and is decorated with plants and trees.