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White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Husbandry and the San Diego Zoo

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  • Housed in a customized aviary at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Only breeding program for this species in North America
    • Began in 1993
  • Fed live crickets, mealworms, and bees
    • Beehives maintained in the exhibit, providing nutrition and enrichment
  • More than 100 chicks hatched, from 1993-2016
  • Each chick undergoes regular health checks
  • Rarely found in zoos

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Bee Eaters Hatch


White-fronted Bee-eaters hatch at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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Gungle (2001)

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