Rare Pheasant Hatches at Woodland Park Zoo

Photo: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

Photo: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo welcomed an Edwards’s pheasant on May 21 – the first of its species to hatch at the zoo.

The Edwards’s pheasant, native to the rain forests of central Vietnam, is listed as critically endangered and perhaps even extinct in the wild. The last confirmed sighting was in 2000, and none were found during an extensive search in 2011. The species suffers from hunting as well as extensive habitat loss due to deforestation for logging and agriculture.

Photo: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

Photo: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

Read more on the Woodland Park Zoo blog.