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Colors of the Rainbow

As you enter our South America walk through, flocks of bright pink roseate spoonbills roost nearby glossy puna ibis. These birds are some of the over 150 individual that live here. Nothing can compare to the sight of these birds in the bright sunshine.  view more >

Animals in the Exhibit
Argentine ruddy duck
  • Oxyura vittata
Blue-and-yellow macaw
  • Ara ararauna
Blue-crowned motmot
  • Momotus momota
Blue-headed parrot
  • Pionus menstruus
Blue-winged teal
  • Spatula discors
Boat-billed heron
  • Cochlearius cochlearius
Buffon's macaw
  • Ara ambigua
Chacoan peccary
  • Catagonus wagneri
Chiloe wigeon
  • Mareca sibilatrix
Coscoroba swan
  • Coscoroba coscoroba
Giant anteater
  • Myrmecophaga tridactyla
Golden conure
  • Guaruba guarouba
Green aracari
  • Pteroglossus viridis
Green-cheeked amazon
  • Amazona viridigenalis
Green-winged macaw
  • Ara chloropterus
Guanaco
  • Lama guanicoe
Guira cuckoo
  • Guira guira
Hyacinth macaw
  • Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Jaguar
  • Panthera onca
King vulture
  • Sarcorhamphus papa
Maned wolf
  • Chrysocyon brachyurus
Northern pintail
  • Anas acuta acuta
Orinoco goose
  • Neochen jubata
Peruvian thick-knee
  • Burhinus superciliaris
Puna ibis
  • Plegadis ridgwayi
Puna teal
  • Anas puna
Red shoveler
  • Anas platalea
Red-fronted macaw
  • Ara rubrogenys
Red-legged seriema
  • Cariama cristata
Roseate spoonbill
  • Ajaia ajaja
Scarlet macaw
  • Ara macao
Southern screamer
  • Chauna torquata
Sun conure
  • Aratinga solstitialis
Tayra
  • Eira barbara
Thick-billed parrot
  • Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha
White cockatoo
  • Cacatua alba
White-cheeked pintail
  • Anas bahamensis
White-faced whistling duck
  • Dendrocygna viduata
Wood stork
  • Mycteria americana
Yellow-collared macaw
  • Ara auricollis
Yellow-naped amazon
  • Amazona auropalliata auropalliata
Yellow-shouldered amazon
  • Amazona barbadensis

ZooKeepers’ Journals

Our keepers are very busy caring for the animals. When time allows we will add journal entries here. We hope the Zookeepers' Journals will be a fun way to learn more about the facinating animals we have in our care. Check back later for updates from the Zookeepers. If there is an animal or area of the South America walk through that you would like our keepers to write about — please let us know. We will do our best to address your areas of interest as time allows. Thanks for checking in.

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Diversity of South America

The diversity and number of animals within are sure to provide a new and exciting adventure each time you visit.

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South America
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South American Walk Through

As you enter our South America walk through, flocks of bright pink roseate spoonbills roost nearby glossy puna ibis. These are some of the over 150 individual birds that live here. Nothing can compare to the sight of these birds in the bright sunshine. In this exhibit alone, the spoonbills, ibis, herons and terns consume almost 15-pounds of fish daily!

The animals that need the most consistently warm temperatures are the reptiles. In South America, since the yellow-footed tortoises and rhinoceros iguanas must depend on the termperatuer in their environment to maintain their own body temperature, it is vital that they are outside only when the low temperature doesn't dip below 50-degrees. This is true for any of our reptiles housed outdoors.

Many of the South American mammals can be seen all year long. However squirrel monkeys, tamanduas, Baird's tapirs all have their own winter homes where they stay until spring arrives.

All of the colors of the rainbow may be seen in the many types of parrots housed here. Hyacinth macaws, the largest of all parrots, are usually found in the free-flight area. These striking blue birds are also the only parrots with colored skin. This bright-yellow skin can be seen on their faces near their beaks. Our Zoo has made a commitment to work with many parrot species by gathering husbandry information in order to improve the care of such birds in captivity. This is in addition to conservation resources allotted to programs for species like the thick-billed parrot. Sedgwick County Zoo helps provide funding toward fieldwork being done in Mexico in order to better understand the habits of wild thick-billed parrots.

As you  plan your visit to the Zoo in Spring or Summer make sure you visit the South America walk through. Many of our animals will have returned, and others will be introduced as the weather continues to warm up. The diversity and number of animals within are sure to provide a new and exciting experience each time you visit.