Update on avian flu

We have temporarily moved birds off-view to protect them against the avian influenza, which has been confirmed across North America, including in Oregon. 

What is avian influenza?

Avian influenza, also known as the bird flu, is a highly contagious virus that infects wild and domestic birds. It’s typically spread by wild birds during seasonal migrations.

What is the Oregon Zoo doing to keep its birds safe?

As a precaution, we have temporarily moved all birds to indoor areas, to prevent contact with migrating waterfowl. Because the disease can be tracked on shoes, indoor aviaries have been closed and human contact with birds is limited to a small number of care staff.  

Are people at risk from avian flu?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the risk to the general public is considered to be very low, and advises people to avoid direct contact with birds and their waste in order to stay healthy.

When will the birds be back on-view?

Guests can expect to see the birds again once veterinary staff and wildlife authorities have determined that the threat has diminished. Please check the website for updates.

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/index.htm