During the entire month of November, the Minnesota Zoo​ will be sharing stories of the many rescued and rehabilitated animals that we care for. All of our animals receive amazing care from zoo staff, volunteers and community members. All of this work is made possible because of YOUR amazing support – thank you! Check back daily as we feature a new story from around the Zoo.

A very lucky pileated woodpecker now lives at the Minnesota Zoo, thanks to a great relationship between the Zoo Pileated Woodpeckerand the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) of Minnesota. In the spring of 2011, a juvenile male was admitted to the WRC’s Avian Nursery where he spent months recuperating from an injury after likely falling out of a nest. After he was deemed unreleasable, he found his permanent home in the Zoo’s Medtronic Minnesota Trail Aviary. He is a big fan of his exhibit: although he always has access to an indoor holding space, he never goes in on his own due to a preference to be outside. In the case of storms, he is closely monitored by zookeepers but prefers to take shelter in one of the exhibit’s tree cavities.

Did you know? Pileated woodpeckers live in Minnesota year round, and are the state’s largest woodpeckers. They may even be the largest remaining in North America! Both male and female pileated woodpeckers sport a red crest on top of their head. The male has a red “mustache” and the female’s is black.

Speaking of Minnesota, Give to the Max Day (aka – the “Great Minnesota Give-Together”) is happening once again on Thursday, November 12. Join in this 24-hour event and help support the Minnesota Zoo and all the work we do to save wildlife around the world!