Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, 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.


Inca Tern

Larosterna inca

Incatern Gallery

About the Inca Tern


Geographic Range:


Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larosterna
Species: inca

The inca tern is a blue-gray bird with unique white feathery tufts extending from its face, a red beak and a yellow wattle. The inca tern is an agile flier that will swoop and hover before diving after its prey. Though it doesn’t sound appetizing, these terns have been known to pluck pieces of fish from between the teeth of sea lions. Inca terns are gregarious and often roost in large colonies, which helps protect them from predators.