Bolz Conservatory Wildlife
Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory is also home to
a few types of wildlife including birds, fish, frogs, geckos, and
Free-flying birds including Canaries, Waxbills, and Coturnix Quail,
enjoy the natural habitat of the Conservatory. Reputable suppliers
domestically raised all the birds in the Conservatory.
Canaries range in color from brown to orange
to yellow and are the size of a parakeet. They are native to the
Canary Islands. Waxbills are smaller than sparrows and are red to
buff to gray in color. Waxbills are native to Central Africa. Canaries
and waxbills are often seen flying around the treetops, roosting
in the taller trees, or feeding at a feeder station. Look for flashes
of color among the trees and listen to their gleeful chirping.
Coturnix quail are brown and gray and stand
about eight inches in height. They are native to Asia. The quail
are solely ground birds and can be seen scratching at the ground
under the protective cover of plants. The quail also provide control
of harmful insects.
and Koi, a large, colorful form of carp, live in the pond and stream.
frogs and toads came in on some of the plant material. They are occasionally
heard, but seldom seen.
and Mediterranean geckos were released in December 1992. They are
diurnal (active during the day), about six inches long, and quite
harmless to humans. Visitors seldom see these small animals.
Beneficial insects like green lacewing and pirate bugs are periodically
released into the Conservatory to feed on harmful insects. These
insects are part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
system and have eliminated the need for insecticide spraying.
Plants WILDLIFE PLANTS
IN BLOOM Exhibits FACTS