A strain of avian influenza has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK – including in Wales, Gloucestershire and Somerset.
In order to reduce the risk of the disease coming to Bristol Zoo Gardens and affecting both Zoo birds and wildfowl, if you keep poultry at home, or have recently visited a site with poultry, we kindly ask you to wear different footwear when visiting us.
This disease is highly infectious and is most likely to be spread by contact with infected wild birds or poultry, in particular their faeces and contamination of footwear, equipment and feeders.
We have the following measures in place at the Zoo:
• Our walkthrough aviaries, including flamingos; Seal and Penguin Coasts and Forest of Birds, are currently closed until further notice. While Seal and Penguin Coast is closed guests can still see the penguins swimming underwater in the tunnel
• We are restricting the amount of vehicle movement on site, where possible
• Staff, especially those caring for our Zoo birds, are wearing plastic overshoes or clean boots and are changing these each time they enter a different bird house
• Anyone carrying out an animal experience at Bristol Zoo will either have their boots disinfected or will be provided with clean boots
• We are discouraging the feeding of wild birds on site
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers.
We thank you for your cooperation and patience.
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