05 Jan 2015 10:27:41
National Bird Day
To celebrate National Bird Day, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's resident native bird population enjoyed the ultimate VIP treatment including special enrichment activities including baths and delicious treats of their favourite foods.
Today in WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's Kangaroo Walk-About exhibit there were no Angry Birds only Happy Birds as they celebrated National Bird Day. The spectacularly coloured Eclectus Parrots Mishmi, Melman, Julien and Gloria had a fun time preening and flapping as they received a cooling bath. Ralph the cheeky Galah then showed off her amazing daredevil skills during flight training - her absolute favourite treat! But she couldn't be outdone by Jo-Jo the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and star of the daily Outback Show, who had a ball ripping into special bird bon bons and cardboard gift boxes.
Bird Keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sarah Jones, said it's so exciting to share such a momentous day with our visitors,
"With nearly 12 per cent of the world's bird species facing extinction within the next century, National Bird Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing bird life that call Australia home, plus help raise awareness about the simple actions individuals can do to help keep native bird species in the wild safe and healthy."
"Planting local native trees, flowers or shrubs in the garden, keeping pet cats indoors, limiting the use of pesticides, and installing a bird house are all simple ways anyone can play a major role in protecting these incredible creatures for future generations to come."
Go WILD in the city this summer at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, the Australian animal adventure in the heart of the city. Say hello to Jack the world's happiest koala and even have a photo taken with him at Koala Rooftop, come face-to-face with Rex the enormous Saltwater Crocodile or if you are feeling brave help feed him during a Crocodile Encounter and meet Ringo the mischievous baby wombat! There's never been a better time to visit WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo these school holidays.