The white storks at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.
I LIVE IN AFRICA
During the winter months, the white stork can be found in grassy areas and shallow wetlands all across central and southern Africa. Outside of winter, the white stork can be found all across Europe and in parts of Asia.
I AM A CARNIVORE
The white stork will consume a large variety of smaller animal species including fish, frogs, snakes, and more.
WHITE STORKS ARE SOCIAL
This avian species will often roost in colonies of 40-50 individuals. When migration season comes around, white storks will sometimes travel in groups of up to a thousand individuals.
NOT A TALKER
The white stork makes very few vocalizations; adults are only about to make a low kissing sound. The majority of their communication comes in the form of noisy bill-clattering sounds.