Birds Moved Indoors

When you see Protecting Our Flock signs in the Zoo, the birds are inside or relocated for their safety.

Some of our birds have been temporarily moved indoors as a precaution against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). It’s an important and necessary step to ensure safety of the animals in our care.

Several states, including Wisconsin, have identified avian influenza in either or both wild waterfowl, like ducks and geese, and domestic poultry, like chickens and turkeys. The primary risk to our birds comes from wild birds that land within the zoo or nearby during migration, but transmission from humans who have had contact with an infected bird (for example, stepping in bird waste and wearing those shoes throughout the zoo) is also a risk. For those reasons, we are temporarily halting all educational programs that involve birds, including the African Penguin and Penguin Painting Experiences. We will not accept new reservations for those programs until after the risk of HPAI has passed, and will be reaching out soon to discuss rescheduling with everyone who has already reserved a bird-related program with us over the next several weeks.

Some of our birds will remain outside and visible to guests, where their habitats provide protection. You may notice modifications made to certain habitats – like a netting over the African Penguin Habitat designed to prevent wild waterfowl from landing. Our Aviary Habitat (with the ducks, bald eagle, and pelicans) will remain closed during this time.

We appreciate your understanding. Your favorite birds will be back as soon as we get the all-clear that the risk of HPAI has passed.

You can help: please do not feed geese or ducks during your visit.

Learn more about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian/avian-influenza/2022-hpai

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