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Fort Worth Zoo Welcomes Arrival of Toco Toucan Chicks

Aug 26, 2016 07:54AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Cuteness recently hatched at the Fort Worth Zoo. In June, the zoo welcomed the arrival of three Toco toucan chicks: one male and two females. This is a first for the species at the zoo.

The chicks join their mother and father in the stone bird house, which sits just beneath Raptor Canyon at the zoo. Found in several South American countries, the Toco toucan is the largest member of the toucan family. Its bright coloration helps the bird camouflage into the fauna within its habitat. Though the Toco toucan appears to have blue eyes, its black eyes are actually encircled by a thin layer of blue skin. After several months, the young Toco toucans’ beaks will eventually grow to be almost eight inches long.

The Fort Worth Zoo participates in a Toco toucan breeding program with other North American zoos to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population of this species to help prevent its extinction.

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