We’ve had ibis species in our collection since our earliest days, starting with the Australian white ibis. Today, the San Diego Zoo has southern bald ibis and Madagascar crested ibis in the free-flight Scripps Aviary. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has scarlet and southern bald ibis in the Wings of the World aviary, Madagascar crested ibis in an aviary next to Lorikeet Landing, and sacred ibis in the African Outpost. The Safari Park also has a small flock of scarlet ibis that are part of the Frequent Flyers bird show—the flashes of bright orange against the hillside as the birds come flying down to the stage are eye-catching!
Most ibis are fairly abundant, but there are some species that are very rare and are in danger of becoming extinct. The dwarf olive ibis Bostrychia bocagei, Waldrapp or northern bald ibis Geronticus eremita, white-shouldered ibis Pseudibis davisoni, and giant ibis Thaumatibis giganteaare are at critical risk. Their dwindling populations are due to many factors, including intense hunting, drainage of wetland feeding habitats, commercial logging of nesting trees, and pesticides. Managed care in zoos and reintroduction to the wild may be the only way to prevent their extinction.
You can help us bring ibis and other species back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.