The Palm Beach Zoo recently reopened the Lorikeet Loft. The interactive bird feeding experience has been shuttered due to COVID-19 since March 2020, and the birds have been missing the guests.
“Lorikeets are very social animals. They flock to the guests who visit, landing on heads, hands and happily partaking in cups of nectar,” said Napoleon Rossi, director of guest experiences. “This is a great experience and personally connects our guests with these unique birds and their important purpose in pollination.”
Spring has produced many new additions to the lorikeet family. Four new offspring are making their debut in the habitat.
Lorikeets are some of the most colorful members of the parrot family. They are native to the islands of the South Pacific and Australia. Their favorite treats include flowers, pollen and nectar. Their beak and agile, four-toed feet make it easy for them to hang upside down and access the hardest-to-reach flowers.
The hands-on experience, located in the Islands area of the zoo, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Single cups of nectar are $2 and three cups are $5.
For more than 50 years, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has provided visitors with up-close and personal animal encounters that connect people to wildlife. Zoo guests explore a wild ecosystem on 23 tropical acres while discovering hundreds of exotic animals. Plan your visit to the zoo at www.palmbeachzoo.org.