Parks & Recreation
Meet the Mute Swan at Wildwood Zoo
Here at our zoo, we have one mute swan. Her name is Lady and she has been at the zoo since 1993. Her wings are clipped so she cannot fly away and leave the zoo. However, our mute swan does enjoy going to the upper pond for a swim. You sometimes can see it strolling back and forth between the zoo and the pond. She often lays eggs in the spring but since she has not mate the eggs are not fertile.
Mute Swans are very large, exotic waterfowl. Exotic means that the animal is not native to America. In fact, mute swans are native to Europe and Asia. In the late 1800s, European immigrants brought over mute swans with them. The birds were either released deliberately or escaped.
At any rate, they have flourished in the eastern United States and their populations are on the rise. Mute swans were called “mute” swans because they are usually very silent birds. When threatened, they will make a hissing sound. Mute swans are also very large birds. They can be over 4 feet tall when standing on land.