Philadelphia Zoo recovers two missing peacocks

One bird was found dead; the fourth is still at large.

John McDevitt
June 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm
These two peacocks were located and safely collected by the Philadelphia Zoo.

Philadelphia Zoo


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two missing peacocks from the Philadelphia Zoo have been located in Fairmount Park. The search continues for the third. 

A tip sent in to a special email address — — led a team from the zoo to the equestrian center in Fairmount Park, where they safely recovered two of the zoo's free-spirited peacocks.  

On Wednesday, four peacocks wondered away from the zoo. On Thursday one of them was found dead, probably hit by a vehicle.

One peacock is unaccounted for. The bird is young and does not have the bright plumage and long tail of an adult male peacock.

The two recovered birds appear to be healthy and are an enclosure away from public view with younger peacocks for the time being.

The zoo is weighing potential changes to its muster of free-roaming peacocks.