Salisbury Zoo announces departure of alligators, black-necked swan

SALISBURY, Md. – On Tuesday, May 3rd, three of the Salisbury Zoo’s animals will move to their new home.

We’re told the Zoo’s two American alligators and black-necked Swan will move to Minnesota.

“Big” the alligator is about 40 years old and came to the zoo in 1982 from a private owner, although her exact birthdate is unknown. “Little” is 26 years old and came to the zoo in 1996 from St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

Zoo officials say their new home is building a brand new custom alligator exhibit with a waterfall for them to lounge under, and a river where they can swim.

Additionally, Ron the black-necked swan will move with the alligators. He came to the Salisbury Zoo in 2011 from the Sacramento Zoo and has been a crowd and keeper favorite as he roamed along Beaver Dam Creek in the Zoo. This spring, zoo staff had to move him off the river and into the Alligator exhibit to protect him from Avian influenza.

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