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Junior Museum and Zoo removes birds from view amid avian flu outbreak

Original post made on Sep 27, 2022

Concerned about a bird flu outbreak, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo has removed its birds from public viewing and canceled all bird interactions, including the popular flamingo feeding activity, until further notice.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 26, 2022, 7:14 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by JB
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 27, 2022 at 10:35 am

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I’m so glad that they are being proactive in protecting these birds from avian flu. Good job!


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 27, 2022 at 10:50 am

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So is there a timeline for when the birds will return? Maybe the zoo can reduce the entrance fee since such a fun activity is missing? Interactive zookeeper talks are hard for young children to follow. So, how long will the birds be gone?


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 27, 2022 at 11:05 am

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@Eileen, excellent point about reducing the entrance fees now. They were absurdly unrealistic to begin with and even more so now when most of the kids still just want to use the toilet without paying $18 per use.

But that's what we get for hiring outside consultants with no local knowledge.


Posted by Lenora Winters
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2022 at 11:19 am

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How do birds that are in captivity and isolated from the outside world contract avian flu?

Did they contract the avian flu from visitors?


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2022 at 2:05 pm

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I love birds and sadly stopped filling my bird feeders on recommendation of the Audubon Society. Evidently, feeders are a place where they gather and can pick up the avian flu. Instead, I am using my garden to create an even more bird- and bee-friendly environment to attract these beautiful creatures. I'm enjoying the gardening and my winged companions.


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