Lincoln Park Zoo Animal Care & Veterinary staff have been closely following United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) moving from the East Coast through the Midwest this migration season. Recently, cases were detected in Illinois and the zoo began to implement the next phase of its HPAI response plan.
No zoo birds currently show any signs of HPAI. However, to ensure the continued health and safety of the birds in our care, the response plan includes proactively closing McCormick Bird House and moving all outdoor birds to indoor or behind-the-scenes spaces. Many bird species throughout the zoo will not be visible to the public and McCormick Bird House will be closed until further notice.
HPAI or “bird flu” is a viral infection that occurs naturally among wild birds, such as migratory waterfowl, and can spread to other birds, including poultry. This particular strain is not believed to pose a high risk to human health at this time. We are confident the zoo remains a safe place to visit and connect with wildlife. For more information, please visit usda.gov.