Nacho’s New Year return

One of the stars of our Go Wild! Show has made a welcome return for the New Year after undergoing her annual moult.

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Nacho, the striated caracara, has returned to showcase her unique behaviour to visitors to the daily display in the Go Wild! Theatre.

Presenter Pam Midwood, said: “Caracaras are one of the most intelligent birds of prey and during the show we get her to demonstrate three typical behaviours.

“They are ruthless scavengers and are regarded as pests in their native Falkland Islands as they raid rubbish bins, move rocks and attack penguins for their food and even prey on newborn lambs and vulnerable sheep.

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“During the show we put treats in a large plastic bin, which she knocks over and gets in, she’ll knock over our handmade rockhopper penguins and move logs for food.

“She’s quite comical to watch and visitors do love seeing her as she’s so quick that it’s sometimes a case of blink and you’ll miss her!”

Striated caracaras are listed as near threatened, with only around 500 breeding pairs thought to exist in the wild.

Catch Nacho in the Go Wild Show! at 2.15pm.

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Nacho, the striated caracara, has returned to showcase her unique behaviour to visitors to the daily display in the Go Wild! Theatre.

Presenter Pam Midwood, said: “Caracaras are one of the most intelligent birds of prey and during the show we get her to demonstrate three typical behaviours.

“They are ruthless scavengers and are regarded as pests in their native Falkland Islands as they raid rubbish bins, move rocks and attack penguins for their food and even prey on newborn lambs and vulnerable sheep.

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“During the show we put treats in a large plastic bin, which she knocks over and gets in, she’ll knock over our handmade rockhopper penguins and move logs for food.

“She’s quite comical to watch and visitors do love seeing her as she’s so quick that it’s sometimes a case of blink and you’ll miss her!”

Striated caracaras are listed as near threatened, with only around 500 breeding pairs thought to exist in the wild.

Catch Nacho in the Go Wild Show! at 2.15pm.