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Shedd Aquarium Animals Stretch Their Wings at Garfield Park Conservatory

Shedd and Chicago Park District Encourage Chicagoans to Connect with Nature for Earth Day/Month

April 22, 2021

Two stunning bright red macaws lift their large, blue-tipped wings in Shedd's Oceanarium.

Several animals from Shedd Aquarium visited the Garfield Park Conservatory to stretch their wings and explore diverse plant life from across the globe. The aquarium, conservatory and the Chicago Park District teamed up to highlight several ways that Chicagoans can get out and connect with nature in honor of Earth Day and Earth Month.

During the visit, two green-winged macaws (Poblano and Serrano) saw several species of flowers in the Show House before taking flight in the Fern Room. The birds are native to the Amazon, so the warm humid space of the Palm House was similar to what they would experience in the rain forest.

Meanwhile, a green tree python (Ivy) slithered up a tree in the Sugar from the Sun exhibit before exploring the Desert House. Her species can be found in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, so they are familiar with warm climates as well.

The trip provided great exercise for the animals, alongside presenting new sights and sounds that add variety to their day. This is part of their overall welfare plan, ensuring no two days are ever the same for the animals. The animals are also ambassadors for their species, sparking connections with guests and inspiring the public to take action to conserve aquatic environments that we all depend on.

Garfield Park Conservatory is one of several locations across the city managed by the Chicago Park District. For anyone looking for ways to honor Earth Day or Earth Month, the Park District and Shedd encourage Chicagoans to visit the aquarium and park district locations like Garfield Park Conservatory, who provide safe, incredible access to nature.

WHERE: Purchase a ticket to Shedd Aquarium by clicking here.

Plan a visit to Garfield Park Conservatory here.

A full list of Park District locations can be found here.

PHOTOS: High-res photos and video from the recent Shedd Aquarium field trip to Garfield Park Conservatory can be viewed and downloaded here: