The name flamingo has its roots in the “flame-coloured” plumage for which these birds are famous. African Lion Safari is home to a small flock of Caribbean flamingo (also called American flamingo). Only one of the six species of the world’s flamingo is of conservation concern – the Andean flamingo. The Caribbean flamingo itself is found in great number in Central and South American, the Caribbean as well as occasionally in Florida and along the Golf Coast.
African Lion Safari conducted research to develop a breeding and management strategy for the flamingos in our care. Our research has advanced our understanding of the relationship between the ratio of young to adult birds in the breeding pool and the fertility and survival rate of the resultant eggs. With reliable egg collection, transfer, and incubation techniques, staff have successfully established a hand rearing protocol in order to introduce young into our adult flock.