Peacock at Tracy Aviary © Emily Allen
Situated on eight acres of land in Liberty Park, the Tracy Aviary is the oldest bird sanctuary in the United States, founded in 1938. The space is a wonderful 'urban oasis' among the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City. Home to more than 400 well cared-for birds, from 135 species - including bald eagles, flamingos and hawks - the aviary is popular with visitors of all ages, bird-lovers or not.
With daily shows - including flight demonstrations given by professional handlers, pelican feeding, and a special showcase featuring the most beautiful, iridescent little birds of the Amazon basin - it is not hard to see why the Tracy Aviary is consistently voted one of Salt Lake City's premier tourist attractions. Some of the permanent displays at the aviary are Destination Argentina, the Kennecott Wetland Immersion Experience, the Southern Ground Hornbill Exhibit, the Owl Forest, and more. Visitors can get up close and personal with the birds through free-flight encounters, feeding encounters, keeper talks and pelican encounters. The aviary is a big supporter and promoter of conservation, and offers opportunities to teach visitors more about conservation and to contribute to conservation efforts.