BREC Zoo receives protected trumpeter swan from Alaska

BREC Zoo receives protected trumpeter swan from Alaska
All About Animals
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:15pm

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo announced the arrival of a juvenile male trumpeter swan.

The swan is now on exhibit in the lake surrounding Spider Monkey Island with the Zoo’s female trumpeter swan.

Arriving from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, Alaska, the trumpeter swan was originally rescued after being found with an injured wing in Willow, Alaska.

Although rescuers determined that the swan was in overall good health, the bird will be unable to fly again.

“We’re very excited to have been selected as the new home for this beautiful creature,” said Phil Frost, Director of the Baton Rouge Zoo. “The rescue center actually found us through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (SSP) rosters since we already had a female trumpeter swan that is eligible for breeding. It’s another testament to how crucial the SSP is for the improvement of animal care and breeding.”

During transport, Patti Bogan, a volunteer at the center, personally flew the swan to Houston and then drove him to BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo.

Primarily found in northern parts of the United States and parts of Canada, the trumpeter swan inhabits freshwater areas. Despite a very low existence in the 20th century, trumpeter swans are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and their populations are steadily increasing.

The all white trumpeter swan is the largest waterfowl species in North America and is named for its unique call. After inhabiting a wetland area for several years, the trumpeter swan tends to find a mate for life and eventually nest there. The life expectancy for a trumpeter swan is 20-25 years. 

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