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.



Geococcyx californianus

Roadrunner Gallery


About the Roadrunner


Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Geococcyx
Species: californianus

Roadrunners can weigh up to 1.5 pounds, measure between 15 and 24 inches and have a wingspan of 38 to 46 inches. They can live up to eight years, and have a diet of small reptiles, invertebrates and rodents. Roadrunners live among the grasslands, deserts and open woodlands of southwestern North America. Roadrunners are not adapted for flight and can only glide for short distances. While running, the roadrunner can achieve a speed of 15 miles per hour, and uses its tail as a rudder to change direction.