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the nest

the nest

Tawny Frogmouth Chicks at Brookfield Zoo

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The Chicago Zoological Society is happy to announce the recent hatchings of two tawny frogmouth chicks on July 9 and 11. The pairing of the adult pair was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Tawny Frogmouth Species Survival Plan (SSP). An SSP is a cooperative population management and conservation program for select species in accredited AZA zoos and aquariums. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. For reasons unknown, the parents, Eunice, who is on loan from Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina, and Gullet, who is from Sea World Orlando, abandoned the nest about halfway during the incubation period. To give the unborn chicks a chance at life, staff pulled the eggs and placed them in an incubator. Once they hatched, they received round-the-clock care. Now at 3 1/2 weeks old, they have grown, are eating well, and appear to have a bright future ahead of them. Until the chicks are a little older they will remain off exhibit while being cared for by Animal Programs staff. Guests are able to see the adult pair in the zoo's Feathers and Scales building.