Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Welcomes a New Baby Chick
Keel-billed Toucan being Monitored on Live Cam
DRAPER, Utah (June 25, 2020) — A beautifully-colored pair of toucans just welcomed a new baby chick at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium! It’s called a Keel-billed toucan, native to Mexico and South America. They are known for their bright beaks of green, blue, orange, and purple.
The Aquarium expanded their aviary three years ago to create the best breeding conditions possible for this threatened species, but also knowing it would be rare for the birds to breed at the Aquarium. On average, about six Keel-billed toucan chicks are born each year at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facilities nationwide. This toucan species prefers to build their nests high in the trees. The Aquarium built a nesting box and hung it near the top of the aviary, hoping they would make use of it.
“The current population of Keel-billed toucans is decreasing in the wild, so we are thrilled to see that our toucans are breeding and have a chick,” said John Wright, Curator of Mammals and Birds at the Aquarium.
Aquarium staff is monitoring the chick via a webcam and they expect it to emerge from the nest in August. While the chick is not viewable to Aquarium guests yet, they can see the mother and father flying in and out of the nest as they care for the chick.
Keel-billed toucans are part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP), administered by AZA. The goal of an SSP is to oversee population management within accredited zoos and aquariums, and to enhance conservation of the species in the wild. The SSP for Keel-billed toucans is “Red,” meaning institutions with breeding pairs are needed to maintain populations.
The Aquarium’s large aviary is also home to two Linnaeus's two-toed sloths, two Red-footed tortoises, and two Cuban rock iguanas.
About Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
LLPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. A world-class facility, LLPA provides learning opportunities at all levels, interests, and ages. Since opening in Draper in March 2014, the Aquarium has welcomed more than 5 million visitors. Additionally, LLPA reaches more than 82,000 Utah students each year through its Outreach Education programs. LLPA is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
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