Tracy Aviary currently is hosting a Treasures of the Rainforest exhibit. Unfortunately the “treasures” are birds that are extremely rare because their species is extinct or direly threatened in the wild. Here’s the aviary’s treasure count:
5 Edward’s pheasants—likely extinct.
1 Guam kingfisher—completely extinct
6 common shama thrush—experiencing a significant decrease in population due to illegal trapping and habitat loss
And the aviary’s most recent hatchings includes: 1 violaceous turaco chick, whose species is on the verge of destruction from the loss of forests and woodlands.
While you’re there, check out the Kennecott Wetlands Immersion Experience, a recreation of a Utah wetland, that includes white-faced ibis, northern pintails and northern shovelers.
Tracy Aviary is dedicated to breeding birds for the needs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums community and conservation efforts, as well as sustainability for their own birds. “I strongly believe that if birds are displaying natural behaviors like courtships displays, nest building, egg laying, incubation and chick rearing, that we are providing an environment where they are healthy and are receiving everything they need to feel safe enough to raise their offspring,” says Kate Lyngle-Cowand, Curator of Exhibit Collections. “We may not be replicating their wild habitats completely, but their behavior tells us they are healthy, stimulated and active birds.”