The Cockatoo Encounter is brand new to the fair market for the 2018-19 season! One of our most popular and important programs at our museum is our educational Cockatoo Encounter. So we decided it was time to bring our beautiful ambassador birds to folks all around the country to tell their important stories.
Not only are our birds endangered but they are also rescued. Our exhibit features three large aviaries that allow the birds to roam, play, and fly. We want our cockatoos to be cockatoos!
In the middle of the three aviaries, we have our zookeeper station. The station provides hands-on learning opportunities for kids and adults. Folks will learn about the plight of the cockatoos in Indonesia and in the pet trade, learn about how birds can navigate the world, and about Indonesian culture.
The Cockatoo Encounter provides up to three educational shows per day and up to three meet the keeper talks per day.
The educational shows are 20-25 minutes long (depending on audience participation). The show not only features the cockatoos' natural behaviors but we teach our audiences how they can train their pets at home using both positive reinforcement training.
The Meet the Keeper talks last for around 30 minutes depending on how many questions are asked. Our dedicated keepers will answer questions about the birds' diets, behaviors, and life stories.
Don't hesitate, bring The Cockatoo Encounter to your next fair or festival. Together we can make a difference for these beautiful birds.
Babs is a sixteen-year-old White Cockatoo, sometimes called the Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)
He had a pretty good life up until his family past away. They didn't make any arrangements for him in the event something happened to him. He was taken in by the realtor that was dealing with the estate who very quickly learned that she hated birds.
After the realtor, he was passed from home to home. The families couldn't deal with his screaming or constant need for attention.
Babs came to live with us in January of 2017. Once he settled in he became a sweetheart. He loves head scratches and dancing. His favorite things to say is "what's your problem?"
Cosmo is also a White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). She is ten years old.
The majority of Cosmo's life is a mystery. We believe she had a very rough life. When she was rescued most of her feathers were plucked out which is a sign of stress.
At some point, Cosmo ended up at less than reputable bird rescue. They adopted her out to a family who didn't know anything about cockatoos. They realized they were in over their heads. They started to look for a good forever home for Cosmo and that's when she came to us!
Cosmo is the most loving of our three cockatoo ambassadors. She would cuddle with us all day if we let her. Her favorite thing to do is to whistle at people.
Jazzy is a sixteen-year-old Salmon-Crested Cockatoo, sometimes called a Moluccan Cockatoo, (Cacatua moluccensis).She is our newest resident.
Like so many cockatoos, Jazzy has had a rough go at it. Her human "family" got a divorce. The wife ended up with her and an African Grey Parrot. She left them in a garage in Illinois during the winter. Tragically, the African Grey died from the cold.
Jazzy became very ill and got frostbite on her toes. She was so desperate she chewed off part of her frostbitten toes.
Today, Jazzy is almost fully recovered. She still has problems with her feet. She loves to dance. Her favorite words to say are "Hi Jazzy!"