INVISTA Donates to The Texas Zoo
Donation Renovates Aviary Exhibit
Thanks to a corporate donation from INVISTA, patrons of The Texas Zoo now can experience a renovated Aviary exhibit that features an expanded bird population and a new interactive component.
INVISTA donated $8,500 to fund the renovation of the Aviary, which is one of the first exhibits as guests enter the Zoo complex. The donation covered the cost of new exhibit enclosures, renovations to the water and plant features, and expansion of the birds featured at the exhibit.
“We are very grateful to INVISTA for this generous donation,” said Executive Director Andrea Blomberg. “It has been our goal to provide more to do at the Zoo. The renovated exhibit provides more for our guests to do through an enhanced bird feeding experience. We know that people care more about animals when they have had the experience of interacting with them. This change to the Aviary will bring guests closer to the birds and help us accomplish more towards our mission of conservation education.”
The renovated exhibit features a new interactive component that provides patrons the opportunity to purchase special food sticks and feed the birds from the sticks. The Budgerigars are trained to eat food from the sticks that the guests are holding. Other birds in the aviary collection include many native Texas birds which you would see in the wetlands such as the Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis, Scarlet Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling Duck and more.
“Investments in our community come in all forms,” said Steve Harvill, INVISTA Victoria site manager. “We are very pleased to partner with The Texas Zoo to renovate the Aviary Exhibit that features similar wetland birds found at the INVISTA Wetland. The Texas Zoo is a true treasure of our community, and we are very pleased to be able to contribute to its long term success.
In June 1984, The Texas Zoo was designated The National Zoo of Texas by the 68th Texas Legislature. Today, The Texas Zoo connects people with wildlife from Texas and the rest of the world; inspires caring for nature; and advances conservation through education, recreation, science and action. The Zoo is open 7 days a week from 9am - 5pm, 361 days a year. For more information visit www.texaszoo.org.
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The Texas Zoo