Detroit Zoo Moving Most of Its Birds Indoors Due to Avian Flu Concerns
The Detroit Zoo is planning on temporarily moving many of its bird indoors due to avian flu concerns.
There was a highly contagious strain of avian influenza that was detected in birds in West Michigan. The moving of the birds is a really important preventative measure that The Detroit Zoo is taking
According to WXYZ, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that 34 birds in a backyard flock in Kalamazoo County tested positive for the flu strain.
They say this is their best way to monitor the birds and prevent them from coming in contact with wild birds that may be carrying the flu strain.
Birds that are being moved include flamingos, ostrich, cassowary, sandhill cranes, birds housed in the Matilda R. Watson Free-Flight Aviary, and peafowl.
Dr. Hayley Murphy, executive director and CEO for the DZS:
The animals and their needs are always our top priority. We understand some guests may be disappointed that they are unable to view the birds at this time, but we are pleased to still be able to offer dozens of world-class attractions, including our award-winning Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Despite this temporary change, we hope to see you at the Zoo. It is only with your support that we can fulfill our mission of protecting and preserving the lives of the animals in our care.
It's not clear as to how long the birds will be kept in the indoor area.