Admission:
$7.00 for Adults (ages 13-59)
$6.00 for Seniors (ages 60+)
$4.50 for children (ages 3-12)
Children under 3 free!

Hours:
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Last admittance at 4 p.m.
Every Thurs. June–August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Last admittance at 8 p.m.

Contact:
2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX
(325) 676-6085
abilene.zoo@abilenetx.com

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

younger owls

 

Wild Bird Rehabilitation

The Abilene Zoo has been rehabilitating and releasing native birds since the early 1980s. The zoo’s veterinarian staff and a bird rehabilitation specialist work with hundreds of wild birds each year that have been injured or displaced. The zoo accepts all species native to Texas, including hawks, owls, doves, pigeons, shore birds such as egrets or herons, songbirds such as robins or blue jays, as well as wild ducks and geese. The zoo does not accept any domesticated or exotic birds, including domesticated ducks, geese or chicken.

What should you do if you find an injured bird? Put the bird in a quiet, dark place, like a shoe box. Do not feed it or give it water. Bring it to the zoo gift shop to be admitted into the zoo’s rehabilitation program.

What if the baby bird isn’t injured? Check for a nest nearby and put the bird back. Watch to see if the parents return. Most likely, they will. People sometimes stumble upon young birds on the ground as they are learning to fly. Often, the parents are nearby watching. If the bird’s parents do not return, bring it to the zoo gift shop to be admitted to the rehabilitation program.

When the bird is able to fend for itself, it will be released back into the wild — usually in habitat close to where you found it!