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Zoo Taking Precautions Amid Avian Influenza

The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History (GPZ) is implementing temporary proactive measures to protect bird species at the Zoo from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Cases have been found in southeast South Dakota and northwest Iowa.

These are precautionary measures and no birds at GPZ have been diagnosed with HPAI. These measures follow recommendations from the USDA and state veterinarian’s office.

The following temporary changes will occur at GPZ:

· All bird species will be off exhibit, except Humboldt penguins and flamingos (both of which will remain in their indoor viewing areas).

· No bird species will participate in outdoor education programs or ZooMobiles.

· Feeders will not be available in the duck pond area.

· GPZ team members will implement additional biosecurity protocols, including increased PPE, enhanced disinfection, and limiting access to vulnerable species.

Emus are considered at lower risk for contracting HPAI, so they will remain in their habitat as the GPZ veterinary team closely monitors this developing situation. They will move indoors if deemed necessary.

The GPZ team’s top priority is the health and safety of our guests and animals. While HPAI is unlikely to infect humans, it is deadly to bird populations. It spreads easily via contact with infected birds – including migrating wild birds, as well as equipment, clothing, and shoes that aren’t properly disinfected.

We appreciate your understanding, as we work to protect the lives of our feathered friends at GPZ.

For more information on the animals living at GPZ, visit GreatZoo.org.

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