Location: San Diego, California, USA
Address: 2920 Zoo Dr.
Date: Feb 2014
Take a memo. File these reports. Cancel my 10 o'clock. These birds have nothing to do with this kind of secretary. In fact these days someone performing this type of work would be an administrative assistant. Also, more and more, these tasks might be performed with a cellphone. Anyway, having one of these almost four feet tall birds strutting around the office would probably freak people right out.
We have seen secretary birds at the Toronto Zoo as well as at both the San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In the wild they can be found in the savannahs of Africa. If you see them up close they have some wonderful eyelashes and red and yellow around their eyes.
You can tell from their beaks that they are a bird of prey. You can also tell that they are very strong. We enjoy watching them walk around on their extra long legs. (See the video at the bottom of this post for a bit of walking, but mostly standing, by one of these impressive birds). In fact they prefer not to fly, but capture most of their food by stomping it to death. Their food usually consists of small mammals and reptiles. They appear on many stamps, flags and emblems across Africa and after seeing a few of them for ourselves we can understand why they are so admired.
Map of Our World
San Diego Zoo (Secretary Birds)
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