Friday, May 27, 2016

Tracy Aviary

Before I came back to Malaysia, I had the privilege to pay a visit to Tracy Aviary, a popular bird sanctuary in Salt Lake City. This 8-acre land located in Liberty Park, SLC offers exhibits, shows and bird-feeding activities. I was provided with free entrance in exchange for a write-up for this place. I've heard so many people saying what a nice place this is, so I was really excited to take a look for myself.

This is how the main building looked from the outside. It has a modern, simplistic and artsy feel.

The gift shop close to the entrance is full of quirky and artistic stuff. 
I particularly love the indoor tree decoration, reminds me of the wild.

A manpower merry-go-round close to the entrance.

Dani posing as Princess Mononoke. 

The beautiful teepee!

Before every enclosure, there is a sign explaining the types of animals that reside within and some basic information of the species, including diet, habitat and nesting.

It's a bit sad to see the great Golden Eagle in this small space, but I feel better knowing it's for its own good. The eagles placed here are either injured or disabled, making them unfit for life in the wild. Hence, they are put under the care of Tracy Aviary.

Quaint little flower steps that Dani calls volcano plates.

A makeshift hut that children are bound to love.

The ferocity when it was cleaning its feathers looked like he was about to pluck them right off!

I really like this small bridge, it's so dainty.

This pretty bird is very talkative!

Sunny's its name!

Birdie birdie where art thou?

Je suis la!

Owl be prowling!

The pond for duckies and all other birds who enjoy a good afternoon swim.

Kids getting excited to see cute baby mandarin ducks! I love how they keep on cooing "Oooohhhh, look at the babies, they're so cute!"

I don't know why but this birdie just sits there basking in the warmth of the evening sun. When it stands up, it has unusually long legs that surprises me a little.

Finally a photo on the roundabout before leaving. It gets really hot in Utah after noon, so I would recommend you to visit in the morning to avoid the heat! I'm wearing my leather jacket here for good photos sake but I'm actually sweating on the inside!

What I like about Tracy Aviary:
  1. Conservation efforts that are carried out to ensure the life quality of birds.
  2. A beautiful, well-kept area that exudes tranquility.
  3. Signboards are present to explain all the species available. 
  4. Several artsy makeshift structures like the teepee and hut that are suitable for kids.
  5. Family-friendly environment that provides quality family-bonding opportunities.
Suggestions for improvement:
  1. If possible, I'd like to see water dispensers in the park. 
  2. Build more attractions for kids like interactive manual games for children, for example a clay model of a bird's claw, fun facts for kids etc.

If you'd like to pay a visit to Tracy Aviary, it is open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm and ticket prices are as shown below. Click on the picture to be directed to the page.


Tracy Aviary also provides volunteer opportunities to local youth. Click here to find out more.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Jamie, the Communications and Membership Coordinator of Tracy Aviary for granting me media credentials to visit the aviary in exchange for a post-visit write-up. Visiting Tracy Aviary was definitely an eye-opening experience, and I had so much fun exploring it with Danielle, my photographer of the day.

* I was provided with free entrance in exchange for a post-visit write-up. No compensation monetary or otherwise is involved. This is an honest account of my explorations in Tracy Aviary and all photos used are either my own or extracted from Tracy Aviary's official website. 

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