The Zoo has two scarlet ibis, brothers hatched in 2001. These two ibis live in the aviary and can be seen in the shallows or in the trees. The scarlet ibis is one of the most striking of the ibis species because of their deep pink coloration. They get this coloring from the rich pigments in their diet, which consists of algae and crustaceans. The scarlet ibis’ slender beak is an adaptation that allows it to probe for food in shallow water guided by touch sensitivity.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The population of scarlet ibis is estimated to be 100,000 to 150,000 in the wild, and the species is considered to be lower risk.
The range of the scarlet ibis species is an 820,000-square-kilometer-area of tropical South and Central America, the West Indies and coastal areas of the Southeastern United States.
The scarlet ibis eats insects, mollusks, crustaceans, fish and worms.