zoos in illinois

Cookie (hatched June 30, 1933 in Australia) is a male Major Mitchell’s cockatoo residing at Brookfield Zoo, near Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is believed to be the oldest member of his species alive in captivity, at the age of 82 in June 2015, having significantly exceeded the average lifespan for his kind. He is one of the longest-lived birds on record and has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living parrot in the world…

Cookie was “retired” from exhibition at the zoo in 2009 (following a few months of weekend-only appearances) in order to preserve his health, after it was noticed by staff that his appetite, demeanour and stress levels improved markedly when not on public display. He now lives permanently in the keepers’ office of the zoo’s Perching Bird House, although it has been stated that he may still make occasional appearances for special events such as his birthday celebration, which is held each June. As of 2013, he is still considered to be in good health for his age.

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