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The Living Desert

Spur-winged Lapwing Chicks

The Living Desert is delighted to introduce the newest members of the African aviary —four adorable spur-winged lapwing chicks! Hatched during the week of April 29 to first-time parents, Peeper Parker and MJ, these speckled little ones are already a bundle of energy, eagerly exploring their new habitat.

From the moment they hatched, these chicks have been on the move, showcasing their long legs and curious nature. Watching them stretch and wander around their environment is a heartwarming sight, and their playful antics are sure to bring a smile to your face.

On May 14, our dedicated Animal Care team and Veterinary Staff gave the chicks their first check-up. We’re happy to report that they are thriving, meeting all their developmental milestones, and are healthy and active.

Spur-winged lapwings grow quickly, and these chicks will be full-sized in just one month! This means there’s a short window of time to see them in their fluffy, chick-like state before they mature into sleek, agile adults. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness their early days and experience the joy of watching them grow.

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