Zoo News

Mar 11, 2022

Buffalo Zoo Implements Proactive Measures to Protect Avian Species

The Buffalo Zoo is implementing temporary proactive measures to protect avian species at the Zoo from highly pathogenic avian influenza.

On your next visit to the Zoo, you’ll notice that many of our birds have been moved inside and that M&T Bank Rainforest Falls is closed to the public until further notice.

Unfortunately, cases of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been found in our state, so we are taking proactive steps to protect the birds at the Buffalo Zoo. These are precautionary measures and no birds at the Zoo have been diagnosed with HPAI.

HPAI is a disease carried by birds, most often migratory waterfowl, and is often fatal for animals like chickens, turkeys, and ducks. The CDC states that the virus does not spread easily from animals to humans. Still, as an extra layer of protection, our animal care team will wear extra personal protective equipment while caring for the birds at the Buffalo Zoo.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation with state and local officials closely. We thank our guests for their understanding.

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