Outside Animals

European white stork Ciconia ciconia

Habitat

The European white stork prefers open lands without tall trees or thick vegetation, usually in or near wetlands.

Diet in the wild

Insects, worms, frogs, fish, lizards, snakes and small rodents

Diet at the Zoo

Fish, meat and specially formulated grain

Fascinating Facts

  • Build large nests that can reach lengths of more than 7-feet across
  • Can eat up to 60 percent of body weight per day
  • Fly by soaring on warm air currents, with long, broad wings
    that flap occasionally
  • Nest on roofs and chimneys of houses in the spring