Detroit Zoo Protect Birds Against Avian Influenza

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: February 26, 2022 2:00 pm

Avian Influenza at Detroit Zoo

Peafowl are one of the species which guests will not be able to view due to the spread of avian influenza in to the state.

Photo Credit: Amanda Carberry/ Columbus Zoo and Aquairum

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) have made proactive efforts to protect their birds against Avian influenza following its detection in the state.

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) were able to confirm the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the state. The detection was made in a non-commercial flock of birds in Kalamazoo County.

Detroit Zoo is the latest zoo across the globe to have to take this measure as avian influenza spreads. Reports have been made across North America and Europe.

Avian influenza can be spread between birds on equipment, clothing or through direct contact with wild birds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recent detections of HPAI are not currently a threat to the public but steps should be taken to protect flocks of poultry.

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Detroit Zoo are doing their part to protect their birds by moving them inside for the duration of the outbreak.

“This is an important preventative measure,” said Dr. Ann Duncan, director of animal health for the DZS. “By bringing these animals indoors, we can more closely monitor them and prevent contact with wild birds who may be carriers of HPAI.”

While DZS recognize that guests will miss the birds on their upcoming visits they need to put the needs of their animals first.

“The animals and their needs are always our top priority,” said Dr. Hayley Murphy, executive director and CEO for the DZS. “We understand some guests may be disappointed 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.”

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