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Posted on Thu. Dec. 05, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

Zoo news: New bird moves into Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's Indonesian Rain Forest area

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Dec. 5, 2013

Leonard is a Crested Wood Partridge, or "Roul Roul" (short for his Latin name Rollulus rouloul), is the newest resident in the Indonesian Rain Forest at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Franke Park.

Born on May 16, 2013, he traveled to the zoo all the way from Milwaukee.

His diet includes a mix of corn and seeds similar to the items that a roul roul might forage from the forest floor.

Although they can fly short distances, roul rouls spend the majority of their life in low-lying areas. In fact, roul roul chicks begin walking and foraging on their own just one week after they’re born!

The crested wood partridge is a near-threatened species. They nest and forage in the tropical rain forests and bamboo thickets of Southeast Asia, and their primary threat is habitat destruction.

Here are some of the areas that the crested wood partridge calls home: Thailand (southern); Myanmar, also known as Burma (southern); and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia.

Keep an eye out for Leonard when the zoo reopens this spring. You may be able to spot him strutting the forest floor in the Jungle Dome!

Visit the zoo's Conservation page at http://kidszoo.org/conservation to learn more about the zoo’s commitment to saving wild animals and wild places.

Check a few gifts off your list

You can give:

Zoo membership, http://kidszoo.org/membership

Adopt-an-Animal, http://kidszoo.org/support-the-zoo/adopt-an-animal

Ride pass, call 427-6800

Zoo gift certificates, call 427-6800

And remember, the Wild Things Gift Shop will be open Dec. 14 (one day only) for holiday shopping.

Apply for scholarship

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo now is accepting applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship.

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society awards a one-time scholarship to a high school senior pursuing a career in the stewardship of animals. Graduating high school seniors in selected Indiana counties are eligible to apply.

For more information, contact the Zoo education department at 427-6808, or download an application at http://kidszoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ackerman.pdf. The application deadline is Feb. 1.


Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.


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