Cobalt blue-feathered Hyacinth and Indigo Macaws flutter and snatch noisily at mineral-rich feed before a reddish brown clay wall. In the future, the rare, endangered parrot species and its spectacular movements can be observed in an unparalleled way at Wuppertal Zoo. Aralandia, a walk-in aviary and one of our current projects, will prepare visitors for their tour of the zoo already in the entrance area. With an organic design and curving structural supports, the proposed aviary also fits discreetly into the landscape despite its height. The facility includes an indoor exhibition area tucked away in a cave, animal stalls, a breeding station and a kiosk with a spacious outdoor terrace. The landscape of the aviary is modelled on the Macaw’s natural habitat. A circular route leads past an elevated wooden deck, through a sparse vegetation of shrubs, cacti and grasses, and a fledgling forest.
With the ‘Green Zoo 2020’ master plan, the Wuppertal Zoo has committed itself to ‘knowledge through experience’ and ‘transparency through information.’ The popular Macaws are considered a flagship species and promote in visitors a special interest in nature conservancy in Brazil. Through shifts in perspectives and elevations inside the aviary, and a view into the breeding station, Aralandia gives visitors a feel for the bird’s natural habitat and way of life. The Ara Discovery Gallery, located at the end of the circular route, presents the results of research conducted through the partnership between the zoo and the Loro Parque Foundation, an advocate for the preservation of endangered parrots. Aralandia also features a connecting flamingo aviary, which allows the birds to be kept in accordance with modern standards without cropping their wings.
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