When you see Protecting Our Flock at an exhibit, the birds are inside or relocated for their safety.
Some of our bird species may need to move temporarily behind the scenes as a precaution against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. It’s an important and necessary step to ensure the safety of the animals in our care.
Several states have identified avian influenza in wild waterfowl, like ducks and geese, and domestic poultry, like chickens and turkeys. The primary risk to our birds would come from wild birds who land on grounds during migration. Our zoo is taking precautionary measures and working with the state veterinarian’s office to reduce risk to our birds.
Some of our birds will be able to remain outside, where their habitats provide sufficient protection. In some cases, an exhibit building may need to close. With the exception of Life in the Cold, WildLIFE Trek buildings will close temporarily beginning Friday, March 11.
Tulsa Zoo appreciates your understanding. Your favorite birds will be back as soon as we get the all clear.
You can learn more about avian influenza at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.
PS: You can help by not feeding the geese during your visit.