They Have Flown the Nest

TULSA, Okla. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Three red-and-yellow barbet chicks have fledged, or left the nest, for the first time. While always an exciting time, this hatching was especially significant — it was internationally important.

As a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Tulsa Zoo works with organizations all over the world to save species. We help species through careful husbandry, conservation programs and Species Survival Plans, like the red-and-yellow barbet SSP.

Red-and-yellow barbets have a long history in U.S. zoos. For more than 40 years, zoos have taught guests about this brilliant African species who nest in termite mounds. To increase diversity, the SSP coordinator worked with European zoos to send individuals to the United States. The mother of our three chicks came from Barcelona. That’s right, the Tulsa Zoo’s very own Spanish lady and American dad just raised three babies.

Visit our international family inside the Conservation Center.

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