Lincoln Children’s Park has closed several exhibits due to bird flu in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLOGNE) -Lincoln Children’s Park on Monday imposed temporary rules and closed several exhibits to protect the Zoo’s birds from bird flu. The aviary exhibit, penguins and flamingo yard were closed to visitors until further notice.

A bird flu case has been reported in Douglas County. These are precautionary measures and no birds at Lincoln Children’s Park have been diagnosed with HPAI.

Officials at the Lincoln Children’s Park said sensitive birds will not participate in animal encounters. Staff will follow additional protocols, including thorough decontamination, increased PPE, limiting access to vulnerable species and backstage areas, as well as other protocols.

The zoo team will assess the situation daily, so it is unclear how long these rules will remain in place.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our animals, so we are implementing these protocols immediately out of an abundance of caution to protect birds from bird flu,” said Lissa McCaffrey, Chief Curator.

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