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The Wonder Gardens has replaced its bird aviary for its resident African Grey and Amazon parrots through a $25,000 grant from the Collaboratory.

Supplied by Custom Gages, the aviary includes naturalistic perches and enrichment toys for the birds and meets the welfare standards of the United States Department of Agriculture, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

“We are so grateful to be able to provide this new aviary to our resident parrots,” said Kaitlyn Henry, director of living collections. “The older aviary where they lived was damaged in Hurricane Ian. As a nonprofit, we are excited that community donations will allow us to provide more of these upgraded aviaries for other birds at the Wonder Gardens.”

Wind and flooding from Hurricane Ian impacted the existing, older aviary, causing rapid rusting and making it unsafe for the birds, which were removed until the aviary was replaced. Two other older aviaries were also impacted by the storm and need to be upgraded. New aviaries are estimated to cost about $30,000 each with toys, perches and fencing. Additional funding would allow the gardens to add more birds and aviaries.

To donate for additional aviaries, please call 239-992-2591 or visit, to make online donations or view a wish list of needs.

The Wonder Gardens, a charitable zoological park and botanical garden established in 1936 in Bonita Springs, is home to rescued birds and reptiles nestled among sprawling banyan trees and plantings. While preserving the best of this site’s history, the nonprofit cares for rescued, rehabilitated, and non-releasable animals, is upgrading wildlife enclosures and growing the botanical beauty of the property, while delivering education programs and events and further engaging the community to enjoy this jewel in historic Downtown Bonita Springs. The Wonder Gardens at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs is one of the few remaining cornerstones of Old Florida, an enduring symbol of the history of the region, as well as a resource for learning about the environment and wildlife. For information, visit or call 239-992-2591.

To donate for additional aviaries, call the number above or visit, to make online donations or view a wish list of needs.



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Collaboratory grant replaces hurricane-damaged Wonder Gardens aviary