Marcia claims lives of colourful characters from Rocky Zoo
THE Rockhampton Zoo has been on an emotional journey since Cyclone Marcia on Friday.
The Zoo family has been grieving the loss of two birds, a red tailed black cockatoo and Jimmy the macaw, after a tree fell across their enclosure.
Despite all efforts in preparation for Cyclone Marcia, the two birds could not be saved.
Council's Parks and Recreation Committee chair Councillor Cherie Rutherford said there were mixed emotions.
"We are extremely happy and relieved to report that the majority of our animal family and their enclosures have survived the cyclone," Cr Rutherford said.
"Our zoo staff worked extremely hard to prepare the Zoo for Tropical Cyclone Marcia to reduce the possibility of stress and injuries to our animals.
"I thank them for their amazing efforts.
"However, we are saddened by the loss of two of our much-loved birds," she said.
"Jimmy our beautiful male Macaw was a pair with Jeanie and both were a highlight of any visit to Rockhampton Zoo.
"Unfortunately, Jimmy was found deceased and all keepers and extended zoo family are most upset with his passing.
"The red tailed black cockatoo is missing, however the four remaining cockatoos have been relocated to a temporary aviary."
A large number of trees in and around the zoo fell, however there has been minimal structural damage.
Crews are working to clear vegetation, debris and repair damaged fences while Rockhampton Zoo staff is working to ensure the ongoing welfare of the animals.
Rockhampton Regional Council has received numerous inquiries regarding the animals at the Rockhampton Zoo.
"The concern people have shown for the animals in the zoo is yet another indication of how much the zoo is thought of as part of our community," Cr Rutherford said.
"Just like us, the animals are feeling the stress of the experience and feeling the heat of the past week.
"Our staff is monitoring them closely and taking all possible steps to address any issues that may arise," she said.
The Rockhampton Zoo remains closed.
Cr Rutherford said council thanked the community for its concern and understanding.