The UK Government has announced an Avian Influenze Prevention zone.
Zoos and Safari Parks receives expert guidance from BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) to put measures in place.
This has so far included adding in footbaths at entry and exit points, and handwashing stations (in place since early November) in walk-through enclosures with birds.
These protections will help protect captive bird populations and reduce the risk of transmission.
Precautions in place for Bird Flu
Many of the biosecurity measures are already in place at the park, as we meet the highest welfare standards for our birds.
New precautions in place at Woburn Safari Park include:
- Birds in Action demonstrations with parrots will not go ahead
- Birds of Prey demonstrations will not go ahead
- All free-ranging birds will be housed
Which areas will stay open?
Rainbow Landing will remain open, with visitors asked to use both the foot dip and hand washing at entry and exit points. You won't be able to feed the lories and lorikeets, but they remain free-flying in this large indoor aviary.
Penguins at Humboldt Harbour will still be on view and the daily talks and demonstrations will go ahead as normal.
Please be assured that keepers are taking every extra precaution possible, with increased disinfectant cleaning routines and welfare checks on the park's precious bird populations.