The zoo is now home to four scarlet ibises, tropical birds native to South America and the islands of the Caribbean. They have striking red plumage that comes from their diet of shrimp and other shellfish.
There are 27 species of ibis; the scarlet ibis is distinguished by its brightly colored feathers. While not endangered, the scarlet ibis is protected around the world. It is also the national bird of Trinidad.
Along with the scarlet ibis, the aviary at the Prospect Park Zoo is home to ducks, peafowl, and many other avian species.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and to 5:30 P.M. on weekends and holidays, April through October. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com.
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on earth.
If you would like to make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please direct them to: www.wcs.org.
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