Skip to main content
  • Depiction of the Pantanal aviary at Zoo Zurich

    Pantanal aviary

    Visualization of Pantanal aviary at Zoo Zurich

    The South American Pantanal is around six times the size of Switzerland, making it one of the world's largest wetlands. Unfortunately, the habitat and many of its animal species are endangered by the ongoing destruction.

    The landscape of the Pantanal changes completely from the dry to the rainy season: In the rainy months, large areas are flooded. Visitors can experience this change and much more in the new Pantanal aviary.

    Pantanal aviary

    In the new Pantanal aviary, our visitors dive above, but also under water and at lofty heights into the South American Pantanal. A high tower offers a panoramic view of the complex: In the middle of the birds' flight space, the visitors are part of the habitat. A net at a great height enables this encounter with flocks of birds at eye level. The level path leads through dense gallery forests, which repeatedly reveal open grasslands. It crosses a wide river that supplies the landscape with water and, with its waterfall, also audibly shapes the experience. In the staged rainy season, the river floods large parts of the open areas. Suddenly the landscape shows itself in a new guise, an enrichment for the animals, but also for the visitors. Another highlight awaits at the lowest point of the system: the underwater view. The guests look through large panes into the river and gaze directly on the diving giant otters and tapirs.

    Overview of the new construction of the Pantanal aviary

    Help us!

    Support the construction of the new Pantanal aviary and help to bring this section of the South American wetland with its unique fauna to us on the Zürichberg. We look forward to your contribution. Many thanks!

    Donate now

    The Pantanal Aviary consists of numerous individual elements that you can call "yours". The choice is wide and ranges from a waterfall to an observation tower, a tree house or a research station.


    Visualization of the underwater view in the Pantanal aviary at Zoo Zurich

    Lowland tapir and giant otter underwater.

    Animal population

    The animals represent the diversity of the South American Pantanal. In the case of mammals, the focus is on the giant otters, lowland tapirs and anteaters. In addition, several species of marmosets live here.

    There are numerous species of birds. In addition to various water and marsh bird species and flamingos, it is above all the parrots that attract attention. The hyacinth macaws are the world's largest parrots. Seeing them in flight in large numbers delights not only bird enthusiasts.

    • Giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis (highly endangered)
    • Lowland tapir Tapirus terrestris (endangered)
    • Anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla (endangered)
    • Golden lion tamarin Leontopithecus rosalia (highly endangered)
    • Chilean flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis (potentially endangered)
    • Hyacinth macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus (endangered)
    • Sun parakeet Aratinga solstitialis (highly endangered)

    Unfortunately, some of the species shown are highly endangered. We are therefore linked by breeding programs within European zoos and together we are building stable reserve populations.

    One of the new animal species in the Pantanal: the hyacinth macaw.

    Hyacinth macaw.

    One of the new animal species in the Pantanal: the giant otter.

    Giant otter.

    Chilean flamingo at Zoo Zurich

    Chilean flamingo.

    Golden lion tamarin at Zoo Zurich.

    Golden lion tamarin.


    • Area: approx. 11,000 m2
    • Height of the aviary: 35 m