Colorful Macaws Extend Summer At Queens Zoo
Two hyacinth macaws add a splash of color to the aviary at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Although the famed aviary will remain open all winter, these macaws and the other tropical birds will be taken off exhibit when the weather gets cold. The Queens Zoo invites everyone to visit these colorful birds and their all-season co-inhabitants including egrets, bobwhite quail and many species of exotic ducks. The hyacinth macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. It is a threatened species due to habitat loss and the trapping of wild birds for the pet trade. WCS works around the world and in the hyacinth macaw’s native South American range to save wildlife and wild places. The WCS is open every day of the year. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids three to 12 and free for children under three. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. weekends, April through October and 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. daily, November through April. The Queens Zoo is located at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadow’s-Corona Park. For more information, call 718-271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.