Seven-year-old Nico was always waiting in the wings, dreaming of one day owning a pet bird and being a zookeeper while learning all about ornithology. When the first part of his dream came true, Nico knew that he had to complete the rest and wish for a trip to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo, and Nico and his parents were in for an adventure. They got to interact with more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world.
The keepers took Nico under their wings, as he was made “Trainer for a Day.” He got to meet Andean condors, bald eagles, colored macaws, and more. Highlights of the trip include playing with penguins, participating in surveys of the birds in the wetlands exhibit, and competing with an American crow sorting recyclable materials. After a tour of the entire aviary from the kitchen to the rooftop, Nico never wanted to leave.
“Thank you from all of us for making Nico’s trip a beautiful experience that we will never forget,” Nico’s mother said. “You guys poured your heart and soul into planning this trip, and for that we will be eternally grateful.”
Wish Granters: Judy Rosenbaum & Ellen Roth
Referred by Elisabeth Jones, his child life specialist
Wish adopted by Assurant Solutions