PLEASE NOTE: All Bird Exhibits, with the Exception of Penguin Coast, are Temporarily Closed.
Thank you for your patience during our temporary closures to protect the birds under our care from the risk of Avian Influenza.
The Avian Influenza virus has been detected in New York state this fall. As a precautionary measure to protect our bird collection, outdoor birds at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be safely quarantined off exhibit and the Diversity of Birds exhibit area and the Domestic Animal Barn will be temporarily closed to the public. In addition, the courtyard pond will be drained to discourage migratory birds from landing.
Avian Influenza, or Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), occurs every year and spreads during the migratory season. Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus that can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is primarily carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds.
Wild birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness. They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating, potentially exposing domestic poultry to the virus. Bird species residing at the zoo are also at risk.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recent HPAI detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern.
We appreciate your understanding as we fulfill our mission of saving species and protecting the animals under our care.