A huge thank you to those who pledged in 2016 helping us raise funds to build a Flamingo Rearing Facility. The Baby Barn is now in operation giving adorable flamingo chicks the perfect place to be raised. This year nine flaminglings are growing well: thanks to your help!
Photo: One day old flaminglings resting after their hatch into the world (left) and five day old chicks enjoying their first paddle.
The next stage for our Chilean flamingo conservation work is to build a purpose built house to protect them from heat, ice and wind. This Crowdfunder is for the materials needed to build the flamingo house, which has planning permission and will be built with the help of our wonderful volunteers.
Photos: Three weeks old (left) and eight week old flaminglings catching some rays for strong bones.
At every opportunity the flaminglings are taken out for a stroll to exercise their legs and to enjoy some sunshine.
Everybody is welcome to come and see the flaminglings and to join us in celebrating their journey into adulthood.
Photo: 4 - 6 week old flaminglings enjoying the view from the Baby Barn.
We hope to hatch late eggs for many years, providing them with all the care they need to grow successfully. In March the youngsters will be released onto the lake which has enough space for sixty flamingos. When we reach sixty they will breed themselves. After that we will hatch flaminglings for other zoos who need juveniles to boost their flamingo flocks number and confidence.
We will create a big aviary over the house and lake allowing visitors to be part of the flamingo flock, enjoying all their curious behaviours. Putting a roof over the lake will protect their eggs in the future; and allow the ducks and other birds on the lake to rear their chicks in safety. It'll be an amazing experience.
Why its important:
1 Chilean flamingos are threatened and need help
2 Late-laid eggs are an important commodity in flamingo conservation
3 Having a tame flock gives scientists a valuable opportunity to study behaviour, relationships, flock dynamics
4 Help Chilean flocks around the UK and possibly Europe by hatching late-laid eggs
5 Allowing visitors to experience them closely generates passion, a powerful conservation tool
6 Exposure and education opportunities for school kids, and indeed everybody
7 Research opportunities for students
8 By helping the iconic flamingo we're helping many species of animal and plant
9 Highlighting the plight of flamingos highlights the importance of the wild habitat
10 This is a project that we can do to help the natural world
Photo: three day old flamingling chilling out.
Thank you for any support you can offer.