From World’s Fair to World’s Fowl

April 22, 2014

The zoo’s geodesic dome aviary was originally built for the 1964 World’s Far, before transforming into a home for the world’s fowl.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair, and the zoo is proud to have a lasting piece of this history. Our aviary was an original structure during the historic expedition on display in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

At the close of the fair, the dome was dismantled and placed in storage until it was commissioned for a zoo to be built on the fair grounds in 1968. “Over the years, I can’t tell you how many people have related their memories of the ’64 World’s fair to me when they see the aviary,” said Scott Silver, Animal Curator and Director of the Queens Zoo. “Something about its iconic shape seems to trigger memories about the fair, and I have heard many wonderful stories about it as a result.”

Today, the aviary is home to bird species from North and South America including parrots, cattle egrets, pintail ducks, macaws, and more. With streams, elevated pools and a waterfall, this historic structure has gotten a new life as a home for wildlife.

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