Realm of Flight Bird Show returns to John Ball Zoo

Eurasian Eagle Owl. Photo by Kat Wille
Green Winged Macaw. Photo by Kat Wille

The Realm of Flight bird show will return to John Ball Zoo for a second summer! This eye-popping free flight bird show will be at the Zoo from May 26, 2018 through Sept. 3, 2018. Realm of Flight features 10 awe-inspiring birds, each demonstrating their own unique talent. From a story-telling parrot, to a recycling raven, to an eagle that flies right over head, this show has something every family member will enjoy. This year, the show will feature 3 spectacular new birds including a Eurasian Eagle Owl, a green-winged macaw, and an Abdim’s stork.

The Realm of Flight bird show comes to the Zoo from the World Bird Sanctuary, known internationally as a first-class bird conservation organization. The WBS is dedicated to the propagation, rescue, rehabilitation and preservation of birds – especially birds of prey.

“I hope guests take away a new appreciation for birds and how to help the environment,” says Realm of Flight supervisor, Kate Burkman. “A big point of our show is conservation and we want to make sure people know how easy it is for them to help the environment at home.”

Bald Eagle in Flight. Photo by Dave Aupperlee.

Realm of Flight will be presented three times a day in the amphitheater in the Forest Realm, near the Amur tigers. The Zoo is thrilled that the bird show is returning for a second summer. Tickets for the show are $2.00.

John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave. one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. For more information,, (616)336-4300, Facebook: John Ball Zoo. The Zoo is open weekdays from 9:00am until 4:00pm, and weekends from 9:00am until 6:00pm. Admission is $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children. John Ball Zoo is the fourth most attended cultural institution in the state, serving over a half a million guests.