The Prospect Park Zoo is home to Franklin the turkey and several females

WCS’s Wild View will feature a blog about Franklin on Thanksgiving Day:

Brooklyn, N.Y. – November 25, 2014 --
The wild turkey is native to North America. Historical reports indicate the turkey was first domesticated in Mesoamerica approximately 2,000 years ago. Unlike their domestic cousins, wild turkeys are strong fliers and typically roost in trees at night.

The turkeys at the Prospect Park Zoo live in the barnyard alongside other domestic animals, including sheep, goats, miniature zebus, and geese. There is also a picturesque walkthrough garden that includes a pond that attracts visiting ducks and other birds.

WCS’s Wild View ( will feature a blog by Prospect Park Zoo Director Denise McClean about Franklin on Thanksgiving Day.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids 3-12, free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. weekdays, and to 5:30 P.M. on weekends and holidays, April through October. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March. The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further information, call 718-399-7339 or visit .

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