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Cookie (1933) is a male Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo residing at Brookfield Zoo, near Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is believed to be the oldest member of his species alive in captivity, at the age of 77 in 2010, having significantly exceeded the average lifespan for his kind.
The next-oldest Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo to be found in a zoological setting is a 31-year-old female bird located at Paradise Wildlife Sanctuary, England. Information published by the World Parrot Trust states longevity for Cookie’s species in captivity at 40–60 years.
Cookie is Brookfield Zoo’s oldest resident and the only surviving member of the animal collection from the time of the zoo’s opening in 1934, having arrived from Taronga Zoo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in the same year and judged to be one year old at the time.Cookie was ‘retired’ from exhibition at the zoo in 2009 (following a few months of weekend-only appearances) in order to preserve his health, after it was noticed by staff that his appetite, demeanour and stress levels improved markedly when not on public display.
He now lives permanently in the keepers’ office of the zoo’s Perching Bird House, although it has been stated that he may still make occasional appearances for special events such as his birthday celebration, which is held each June.
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