The zoo houses 2 species of Amazon parrots, the Green-cheeked and the Orange-winged. There are 34 different species of Amazon parrots, some are critically endangered, while others are considered pests.
Mrs. B is one of the zoo's oldest residents! She has lived at the zoo since 1979 and was an adult bird when she got here, putting her well into her 40's! Bald Eagles once faced extinction, but due to protections and banning the pesticide, DDT, their populations have made a full recovery!
Blue & Gold macaw
Rudy the macaw came to the zoo many years ago and was transferred to the Birds Befriended program at the Larned State Correctional Mental Health Facility. Due to budget cuts, the program with the facility ended and the birds came back to the zoo. These birds can live 60-70 or more years. They are very intelligent and capable of mimicking sounds and human speech.
Monte the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo came to the zoo after the Birds Befriended Program with the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility ended. While there he suffered from over-stimulation and as a result developed a feather plucking issue. Since coming to the zoo, he has re-grown a lot of his feathers, but in some areas he suffered permanent damage. You can find him out in the parrot yard talking away on nice days.
Great Horned Owl
Thurston has lived at the zoo for many years and we believe he is in his late twenties to thirties. Great Horned Owls are the only true predator of the skunk!
Penelope, our Mississippi Kite came to the zoo through our rehab program. Someone had found her as a small chick and attempted to care for her themselves. This resulted in her becoming imprinted and relying on humans to provide food, making her non-releasable. She is now one of our education raptors and educates the public about her species and the importance of utilizing licensed rehab facilities.
Muscovy Ducks are one of the oldest breeds of domesticated fowl, with only a few populations of wild specimens.
Petey the peacock can often be found roaming around the zoo. Peacocks don't have their full tail all year round, they usually begin growing the elaborate tail in later winter/early spring. Around mid to late June they begin dropping those long tail feathers.
Seriema are native to South America and believed to the be the closest living relative to a group of large carnivorous birds called "terror birds."
Our Vultures, Tina and Tahoe, came to the zoo through our rehabilitation program and were deemed non-releasable. They roost communally in groups of over 100.
The zoo houses 2 Trumpeters swans, Ron and Leslie. Leslie came to the zoo in hopes of breeding with our male. Our zoo has a fantastic history with Trumpeter Swans and in 1965 was one of only 2 facilities that successfully bred this species in captivity!