New meadowlark amphitheater at Henry Doorly Zoo

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 20:44:40-04

Children got an up close and personal learning experience with the new birds at the Henry Doorly Zoo's Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Amphitheater.

The birds have only been here since April and come from all over the world.

"We have birds that are native to Africa, some are native to South America, and some are native to North America as well."

There’s at least 15 different species to learn about during the 20-minute lesson, which happen three times a day.

Trainers say it will help children appreciate animals.

"It gives us an opportunity to open the door to talk about conservation that the zoo does but also what you can do at home to help wildlife."

Zookeepers say the goal is to make people feel connected to wildlife.

"One of our goals for this program was to really eliminate that fourth wall and get rid of that barrier between animals and our guest."

To keep the birds safe while flying, the zoo teamed up with Omaha Public Power District to install bird diverters.

“If they hit those power lines, they can injure a wing or a leg and often times it can be fatal."