Parks & Recreation
Meet the Wild Turkeys at Wildwood Zoo
We have an entire flock of wild turkeys at Wildwood Zoo. We have several toms (adult male turkeys) that like to try to impress our hens (female turkeys). This is done when the tom displays its tail feathers (above photo). The turkeys get along really well with the whitetail deer and you will often see the two species together at our zoo and in the wild.
The wild turkeys at the zoo sometimes fly out of their pen and can be spotted around the zoo and/or Wildwood Park. Don't worry though, they are allowed to roam the area, somewhat similar to peacocks you may see at other zoos! We just ask you keep your distance since you never know if it is one of our turkeys or a wild turkey in the park. We also recommend viewing the wild turkey flock from the zoo's Large Animal Drive. They are usually found near the rock formation (as seen in above photo).
Wild turkeys are extremely large birds. In fact, they are the largest game birds (birds that people can hunt) in America. Turkeys can weigh almost 25 pounds and stand almost 4 feet tall! Turkeys are usually found in the woods of North America. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights roosting in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).