Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 29, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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Orinoco Goose

Neochen jubata

Orinocogoose Gallery

About the Orinoco Goose

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Class: Aves
Order: Anatidae
Family:Anseriformes
Genus: Neochen
Species: jubata

The Orinoco goose is named for one of the longest rivers in its South American habitat. This duck-sized goose can often be found perching in small trees, rather than swimming or flying like most geese. Males and females have identical plumage: a mottled, pale breast, neck, and head; blackish-green wings and tail; and a white rump. They do have different communication styles, however: the male goose’s call is a high-pitched whistling, while the female goose cackles.