Virtual Aviary: Kea Bachelorette

Tracy Aviary is proud to be a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program for our rambunctious crew of Kea! Catch up on the drama as eligible bachelorettes flirt with a colorful cast of suitors at our “matchmaking” facility - all to help sustain their species as a whole.

KeaBachelorette S2: Episode 11

18.09.2020
This week on the Kea Bachelorette! Our favorite pranksters are at it again! The gang decided that they wanted to take a break from the drama this week and just have some fun. How did they do it? By stealing their managers (keepers) phone, of course! The co-stars enjoyed a "spontanious" phone enrichment group date this week, along with their usual fun. We think a little break was exactly what they needed before we reach the finale. Ready to find out who our Season 2 winner will be? Who do you think our beautiful Bachelorette will choose? Will it be the quirky rebel Steve Austin(red band)? Or will it be our sweet new guy, Newton(orange band) that gets the girl?! Get ready to place your votes and tune in next week for our final few episodes of The Kea Bachelorette Season 2!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode10

31.08.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette! While Steve Austin(red band) continues to take his space from the others, things get cozy with Newton(orange band) and Scarlet(silver band)! They enjoyed some new enrichment items together this week. From the looks of it, they can't get enough of the enrichment or eachother! Could it be love for Newton and our beloved Bachelorette?! How will Steve Austin react? Is a rose in the future for our Season 2 bachelors?! The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 9

31.07.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette!!! Are Scarlet (silver band) and Steve Austin (red band) on the rocks?! After their love affair last week, we thought our dominant male was swooping in for the rose, the win, and our leading ladies heart. However, on this week's enrichment date, Scarlet and new guy, Newton (orange band) were caught kissing! Is Scarlet changing her mind about Steve Austin or just playing the field? Does shy Newton stand a chance of winning our Bachelorette's affection? What will happen next?! The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette! You can spot all of our Bachelorette stars everyday from 10am-5pm (9am-10am for seniors 65+ and those at-risk) at our Expedition Kea exhibit!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 8

31.07.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette! Only two remain in the fight for Scarlet's heart! For this week's group date, the gang tries to beat the heat! While Steve Austin (red tag) enjoyed cooling off on his own, Newton (orange tag) and Scarlet (silver tag) seemed to spend most of the time enjoying eachothers company. Are Newton and Scarlet headed for love? Will Steve Austin let the girl get away? Who will our leading lady choose?! The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 7

31.07.2020
This week on a very important episode of The Kea Bachelorette! We say goodbye to our first season couple, Ikaroa and Arthur, and follow them on their journey to their new home at Sedgwick County Zoo. We say goodbye to our happy couple because we our kea are part of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program. This program oversees the population management of select species within AZA member institutions, like Tracy Aviary, to enhance conservation of this species in the wild. Tune in at 3pm for more info on the couple, as well as a blog about the experience from our Curator of Exhibit Collections, Kate, who escorted the lovebirds to their new place of residence amidst the "new normal". The drama continues next week on another episode of The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 6

31.07.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette! Wondering how last year's winners are doing? We check in with the happy couple, Ikaroa(black and yellow band) and Arthur(orange U band)! It seems these two crazy kids are still pretty nuts over each other, as they continue to show signs of courtship and home building together. Will their love stand the test of time? Will another kea steal Ikaroa's heart? What's in store for the rest of the kea gang? The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 5

31.07.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette! The Aviary has reopened, and the gang decided they needed to decorate (or make a mess) for the party! Streamers were hung and drama was had, as Gonzo and Steve continue to compete (or play) for the lead position! After Newton's big date with leading lady, Scarlet last week, he seems to have found a new sense of confidence among the other males of the group. Apparently the date went well! How are the gang taking the reopening? Will Newton steal Scarlet's heart? Who will take on the dominant role of the group?! Tune in next week for another episode of The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kean Bachelorette S2: Episode 4

31.07.2020
This week on the Kea Bachelorette! Splish, splash, kea taking a bath! New guy, Newton gets ready for his first one-on-one date with Scarlet. After the gang cleaned the exhibit last week, Newton decided to take it one step further and clean himself, too! Although Gonzo (blue band) seems to be taking the lead for Scarlet's affection, Newton just may be ready to make his move... after showering, of course. Will this be the night Newton takes the lead and gets the girl? Will he follow his brothers footsteps in becoming the next Kea Bachelorette winner? Who will win Scarlet's heart (and the rose)?! The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 3

31.07.2020
On this week's episode of The Kea Bachelorette! What did our kea circus decide to do for their first big group date? With the rest of us in quarantine, they cleaned of course! Watch as Scarlet, Gonzo and the rest of the gang get their exhibit looking top notch and Covid free! Be sure to tune in next week for more from our stars on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 2

31.07.2020
HAPPY BIRD-DAY!!! A very happy hatch-day to our kea flock! We have a lot of kea hatch-days this time of year. To celebrate, we decided to have a birthday party! Complete with a cake made of mushed pellet, carrots, bananas, beets, and ice! "Wishing a very happy collective hatch-day to the kea flock. Working with them is the highlight of my day!" - Shaunna, Primary AviculturistKea Birthdays: Gonzo - March, 27 Arthur - March 23 Newton - February 12 Scarlet - February 8 Ikaroa - April 9 Steve Austin - April 3
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Kea Bachelorette S2: Episode 1

31.07.2020
This week on The Kea Bachelorette! Where are they now?! It's time to catch up with last season's winners, Arthur and Ikaroa, to see how they have been enjoying life as a couple on this week's special behind-the-scenes episode! So what is life like for the lovebirds? It appears they are still as kea-crazy about each other as ever! As you can see here, this week our keeper caught the couple practicing the gross but pair-bonding act of courtship regurgitation. This occurs when pairs are first getting established and can last until after incubation has begun. With that disgusting display of affection, looks like the future is bright for these two! Will things stay the same for our kea couple? Will Scarlett find her man? Who are our upcoming contestants?! Tune in every Friday at 10:30am right here on Facebook for more drama on The Kea Bachelorette! Don't forget to tune in tomorrow at 1pm for our Kea Birthday Party, where you can see our kea enjoy their cake!
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Kea Bachelorette: Season 2 Announcement

31.07.2020
ARE YOU READY?! Season 2 of The Kea Bachelorette begins March 20!!!
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Kea Bachelorette S1: Finale

07.08.2020
This week is the season finale of the Kea Bachelorette!!! It has been a long and dramatic season for our five contestants, and we started to lose hope that any of the gang would EVER settle down long enough to end up together. It was a great day for the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program when keeper (agent) Shaunna caught newcomer Ikaroa "choosing" her extroverted counterpart, Arthur. Watch the drama unfold in our final episode, and tune in to find out what comes next for these two lovebirds in Season Two, coming soon! Viewer discretion advised.
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Kea Bachelorette S1: Episode 8

07.08.2020
This week on the Kea Bachelorette! It seems the contestants just can't make up their minds. No one seems to be interested in anyone this week, and everyone seems to be choosing themselves. Despite efforts from our two Bachelorettes, the boys simply wanted to be alone. Have these birds realized the importance of our two females to the Kea Species Survival Plan? Why can't they make a decision? Are they serious about their mating signs, or are they all just teasing our leading ladies? Is it just not meant to be? Time will tell as courting behaviors begin to take shape at Expedition Kea. Tune in for more drama next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S1: Episode 7

07.08.2020
WE INTERRUPT YOUR HALLOWEEN FOR A VERY SPOOKY KEA BACHELORETTE!!! The gang went on a group date this week to go ghost hunting at a local haunted house. Steve Austin cleared the place of the tissue paper spirits and then liked it so much that he tried to turn it into his own little bachelor pad! Ikaroa then tried to join the ever-independent, Steve Austin for some one-on-one time in his new place, but was unsurprisingly rejected. Arthur and Gonzo showed no interest in the ladies and only wanted to ghost hunt together. Scarlet continued to keep her distance from the rest, and was spotted burying something very suspicious. Why is Scarlet keeping secrets? Will she and Gonzo ever get back together after his smooch with Ikaroa? Why didn't Steve Austin invite Ikaroa in? Has Arthur and Steve Austin completely lost interest in wooing the ladies? The drama continues next week on the Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette S1: Episode 6

07.08.2020
New on the Kea Bachelorette! Ikaroa (black and yellow band) and Scarlet (silver band) can't seem to decide which contestant they want to give their hearts to, but that won't stop the boys! With the girls wanting to spend more time alone, Gonzo (blue band) and Arthur (orange band) decide it's better to play their games together while they wait for the ladies to come back around... and of course, Steve Austin (red band) can't be bothered with any of it. Will Gonzo and Arthur get another chance to win over their beloved bachelorettes? Will Steve Austin fly in for the win? Who will be crowned the Kea Bachelorette? The drama continues next week!
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Kea Bachelorette S1: Episode 5

07.08.2020
This week on the Kea Bachelorette! Gonzo learns a hard lesson in love. After getting stood up on his date and having to play alone, this clown of the mountain had to learn the hard way that love isn't a game you can play on your own. Tune in next week to see if Gonzo can win back the hearts of and the two leading ladies, or if it will be Arthur or Steve Austin that win their affection! The drama continues every Friday on the Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette: S1 Episode 4

07.08.2020
New on The Kea Bachelorette! What started as a quiet evening of reading and enjoying eachothers company quickly turned into a night of playful passion for Scarlet (silver band) and Arthur (orange band). Does this mean love? Are Scarlet and Gonzo over? Will it be Scarlet or Ikaroa that is crowned the next Kea Bachelorette? The drama continues next Friday! #thekeabacheloretteSong: Can You Feel The Love Tonight (copyright) Disney's 1994 film The Lion King (composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice)
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Kea Bachelorette: S1 Episode 3

07.08.2020
This Friday on The Kea Bachelorette, Scarlet and Gonzo try again! After Gonzo (blue band) walked out on Ikaroa at dinner last week, it was hard to tell where his heart truly lies. This week, it appears that he wants to make things work with a hesitant Scarlet (silver band), although everytime he tries to get close, she moves away. Will Scarlet ever let Gonzo get close to her again? Is she even interested anymore? Will Ikaroa make a comeback? Who will find love first? The drama continues next week on The Kea Bachelorette!
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Kea Bachelorette: S1 Episode 2

07.08.2020
It seems that Scarlet isn't the bird for Gonzo.. or is she? Our newest kea contestant, Ikaroa seemed to have Gonzos attention at dinner... but he then leaves suddenly without saying goodbye. Is Gonzo having a change of heart or is he playing hard to get? Will it be Scarlet or Ikaroa that finds love and with who? Tune in Friday to find out how the drama unfolds on the next episode of The Kea Bachelorette! Dying to know more about our newest bachelorette, Ikaroa? Check out our latest blog to find out more! https://tracyaviary.org/blog/meet-i...
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Kea Bachelorette: S1 Episode 1

07.08.2020
New on Kea Bachelorette: Scarlet and Gonzo (blue band) are paired for their first "one-on-one" this week! Here is a clip of a nervous Gonzo getting glammed up for their romantic night out. We wish him luck! Don't forget to tune in next Friday for more, and don't miss the chance to see the drama in-action at our Expedition Kea exhibit.
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Kea Bachelorette: Season 1 Announcement

07.08.2020
Our female kea, Scarlet, is preparing for the journey of a lifetime. Tune in this month for the most dramtic show ever, The Kea Bachelorette. Here's a sneak peak of her journey to find love, making her way from her hometown of Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah.
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