Birds Moved Indoors

UPDATE JUNE 17TH

  • We’re excited to say that birds are returning to their outdoor habitats! There have been no new cases of HPAI reported in our area recently so we are finally able to relax some of our restrictions.
  • Please note, there are still some safety restrictions in place for certain private programs involving birds; if you have a bird program scheduled with us or “on-hold” with us, we will be in touch with you soon with  more information.

 

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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