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  • June 13, 2024

Arrival of a blue-billed curassow at the Biodôme

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Blue-billed curassow
  • Blue-billed curassow
  • Blue-billed curassow at the Biodôme

A unique new resident has just arrived at the Biodôme’s Tropical Rainforest! A blue-billed curassow (Crax alberti), born in June 2018 at the Nashville Zoo, will be benefiting from our facilities and the expertise of our team.

The blue-billed curassow is a critically endangered species, with a worldwide population estimated at just 2,200 individuals. Today the species occupies no more than five percent of its historical habitat. For that reason it has been included in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program, whose aim is to ensure the genetic and demographic preservation of animal species over the long term. Currently, 76 blue-billed curassows are living in 17 institutions in North America; the goal is to reintroduce some individuals into their natural habitat over the coming decade.

Endemic to Colombia, the blue-billed curassow belongs to the Galliformes order, which includes chickens and pheasants. It can live to the age of 30.

Take advantage of your next visit to discover this magnificent bird and learn more about the many conservation programs.

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