Woodland Park Zoo takes measures to protect birds as avian influenza spreads

The zoo moved highly susceptible avian species to indoor, protected housing.

SEATTLE — As a highly contagious and deadly strain of avian influenza continues to spread throughout Washington state, the Woodland Park Zoo is taking precautions to protect at-risk birds from being exposed.

As of May 12, there were no cases of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), a strain of H5N1, at the zoo.

The zoo moved highly susceptible avian species to indoor, protected housing. Those birds include raptors, peacocks, penguins, flamingos, cranes, chickens and related species, and waterfowl. For instances where it is not possible to relocate birds indoors, tarps or temporary roofs

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