The Zoo partnered with the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to track Swallow-tailed kites, an “umbrella species;” their health indicates the overall health of the ecosystem. We equip the kites with tiny solar backpacks funded by our partner, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). The information gathered from these raptors helps us protect their breeding grounds as they summer in South Florida and understand their migratory patterns on their treacherous winter journey to South America and back.
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