Pepe Star Greater Cockatoo

Pepe the Cockatoo

Pepe is a Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo which are native to Australia; he is by far our cheekiest bird. Pepe is still very young for a parrot - they can live up 60 years old, or even longer!

Find Me in... the Birds in Action

Pepe the Cockatoo

Pepe came to Woburn Safari Park when he was just two years old and because of the high level of intelligence these parrots demonstrate, he has been trained a number of behaviours from waving, presenting his wings and even saying ‘hello’.

Pepe has training sessions throughout the day, keepers use positive reinforcement to train our parrots, which means rewarding good behaviour with praise or treats. When Pepe isn’t being trained, he enjoys acting like a teenager – his bedroom (aviary) is full of toys. Keepers don’t mind as we provide lots of enrichment for our parrots, such as bamboo, cardboard and wooden boxes.

 

There’s no better place to see Pepe than in the ‘Birds in Action’ demonstration, held twice daily during the main season at 1pm and 3pm. Watch him flying and swooping above your head in the amphitheatre, as he enjoys showing off to a big audience.

Pepe and his trainers like to show how these bright white parrots survive predators, how they adapt to feeding with their strong beak and how they move around in the trees or on the ground with their well-designed feet.

Pepe also likes to do an impression of an animal that lives in the same native country as him. Come and visit Pepe and see if you can guess which bouncy animal he’s doing an impression of!