Photos by Jamie Ford
Kori Bustards in Captivity
There are currently 150 kori bustards in captivity. The majority of kori bustards are held in the United States but there are also birds in Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Italy. Kori bustards have been kept in zoos since the late 1930s. However, the first breeding did not occur until 1989 when Nurnberg Zoo in Germany became the first facility in the world to breed kori bustards. In 1992, Dallas Zoo became the first zoo to hatch a chick in the Western Hemisphere.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC is one of only seven facilities in the world that have successfully bred kori bustards. Despite these successes, little is known about kori bustards and their behavior. In 1999, the National Zoo began a behavioral watch on kori bustards in an effort to increase the basic understanding of the species in captivity. Click here for more details on the National Zoo's research.
Kori Bustard chick 2-24 hours old