Avian flu closes Sedgwick County Zoo bird exhibit
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Due to a positive case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or avian flu in Hutchinson, the Sedgwick County Zoo has closed their bird exhibits temporarily.
"The close proximity of the disease has triggered the Sedgwick County Zoo to once again implement its HPAI action plan in order to protect the health of animals and humans, as well as its business operations," a press release from the zoo read. "Many birds have been moved to indoor habitats, while others have received habitat modifications to prevent contact with wild birds."
The same action plan was also implemented earlier this year during the spring migration season due to a case in central Kansas. In addition, the zoo has paused the sale of fish food available to guests in an effort to encourage wild waterfowl to forage elsewhere. Penguin encounters will also be on hold as well until the threat has passed.
The bird exhibits will be closed to the public until further notice.