Some birds return outside

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BIRD UPDATE

June 4: We’re excited to share that our penguins, Hyacinth macaws, snowy owls, red-breasted geese, white storks and guineafowl have returned to their outdoor habitat. Our flamingos will also be outside occasionally as their habitat gets an update. Our animal and vet care experts have been monitoring the data with this strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza, and the research shows that this strain is not likely to negatively impact these species.

The remainder of our bird species will continue to stay indoors or inside a protected habitat until risk of exposure is low. This is as a precaution for our birds’ safety as cases of avian influenza continue to be detected in Ohio. All of our birds remain healthy.

We know you love our feathered friends as much as we do. The health and welfare of our birds is our top priority. They will all return to their outdoor habitats as soon as the risk of exposure is low.


March 17: Many of our birds have temporarily moved indoors or inside a protected habitat. This is as a precaution for our birds’ safety as cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been detected in Ohio. Currently, all of our birds remain healthy.

There is no apparent risk to humans at this time. For our birds here at zoo, the risk comes from native birds who land during spring migration.    

We know you love our feathered friends as much as we do. The health and welfare of our birds is our top priority. They will all return to their outdoor habitats as soon as the risk of exposure is low.