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03/08/2017

Break-in at the Doñana facility at Barcelona Zoo

Forced break-in at the Doñana aviary that houses 63 birds of different species, and scaring off twelve birds 

On the evening of Wednesday 2 August at 9.35pm there was a break-in at the Doñana aviary in the northern part of the Park, where a total of 63 birds of different species are housed. The break-in led to some of the birds that live in this famous facility - which reproduces the habitats of wetland areas - flying away. According to statements made by the Zoo’s director, Sito Alarcón: "This facility is very important to us because several birds from here have been reintroduced back into the wild". 

The Zoo staff went out that same night to recover some of the birds. According to the Zoo’s director "Our protocols worked correctly which meant that we were able to get on-site rapidly to start recovering the escaped birds. At the same time, local police forces Mossos d'Esquadra and Guardia Urbana started work on investigating the break-in".  

This morning our count of the birds confirms that 12 are missing: 2 blacksmith lapwings (Anitibyx armatus), 5 Eurasian spoonbills (Platalea leucordia), 3 glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and 2 scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber).

Many of these could return voluntarily to the vicinity of the facility, at which point they would be recovered. The lost birds represent no risk to people at all. 

The team at the Zoo is currently working around the park’s surrounding areas trying to locate and recover the lost birds. 

If you would like to read the statements made by Zoo's Director, Sito Alarcón, in regard to the incident that took place at the Doñana facilities, please click here

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