One chick, two chicks, three flamingo chicks! We are happy to announce that Chilean flamingos have hatched at the Zoo for the first time in our 25-year history. These fluffballs, which are all female, emerged from their eggs on September 26, 27 and 28.
In mid-September, we received three eggs from Zoo Atlanta with a plan to hand-raise the chicks and later integrate them into our flock, or flamboyance. The youngsters are being hand-fed a formula made of eggs, liquefied fish and vitamins until they make the switch to their adult diet. Their feathers will develop their characteristic pink hue in the coming months and years.
Keep an eye out—you may soon see our three girls accompanying keepers on “walks” throughout the Zoo!
Chilean flamingos are found throughout South America and are considered near threatened due to habitat loss and human hunting.