Eleven Roseate spoonbills hatched at the Zoo

Eleven Roseate spoonbills hatched at the Zoo

The arrival of these brightly colored birds is nothing new for the Fort Worth Zoo; the bird department has been successfully breeding the roseate spoonbill since 1967, one of the longest-standing roseate spoonbill breeding programs in the world. The chicks are all hand-reared by bird staff and fed a specially customized formula made of egg, vitamins, minerals and other components of the bird’s natural diet. Roseate spoonbills were over-harvested to the extent that by 1890, all Texas breeding colonies had been wiped out and the Audubon Society reacted with a push to protect the species. Now plentiful on the Texas Gulf Coast, the species is also found on the east and west coasts of Mexico, along the western shore of Florida and throughout the Caribbean Islands and South America.

Posted by Avery Elander at 5:41 PM