Barbara Russo: 718-265-3428; 917-494-5493;

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo Debuts Painted Storks

Brooklyn, N.Y. – August 8, 2016 – Two painted storks (Mycteria leucocephala) are making their public debut at WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo.

Painted storks are large wading birds native to tropical regions of Asia. They are named for their striking black, white, and pink wing feathers, orange beaks, and pink legs. The rest of the plumage is largely white.

The Prospect Park Zoo is home to a variety of beautiful exotic birds. Examples include Victoria crown pigeons, aracari toucans, wreathed hornbills, parrot finches, owls, and free roaming peafowl. The painted storks can be found in the zoo’s Discovery Trail aviary.

WCS works to conserve landscapes in Asia that are home to critical populations of painted storks and a host of other wildlife.

For more information or to speak with a WCS expert, contact Barbara Russo at 917-494-5493, 718-265-3428, or

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $8.00 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and to 5:30 P.M. on weekends and holidays, April through October. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.