Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck will be closed until the end of the week while damage from heavy snow can be assessed and repairs started.
Most of the damage occurred at Sylvan Heights’ adjacent breeding center and work is underway to get the birds safely secured and start working on rebuilding the aviaries.
Fifteen birds at the breeding center have died but there is only one confirmed death at the Park. One of the only 3 female Black Headed Ducks in the country died as a result of injuries sustained in the incident. The other two survive at Sylvan Heights.
Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom and a zoo in New York will send several waterfowl husbandry professionals to assist the staff. Also helping with the clean-up and care of the birds are volunteers from the NC Zoo Society.