Category: American Flamingo
Thursday, October 3, 2019
You may remember Merry the American flamingo whose treatment story appeared on social media earlier this year.
After Merry's caretakers observed that she wasn’t using her right leg, she was transported to the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. During her exam, the vet team noticed swelling in her leg, so she was prescribed 'stall rest'. In the meantime, she received regular therapeutic laser therapy on her leg to accelerate the healing process while under...
at Thursday, October 3, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
If you have visited the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s American flamingo habitat at Island Life lately, you may have noticed some new additions.
Last year, the bird department successfully hand-reared four American flamingo chicks, with the oldest chick being partially hand-reared , meaning staff members shared parental duties with the chick’s flamingo foster parents. Now, all four birds have fully integrated themselves into the flock and reside at the American...
at Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Friday, July 27, 2018
Caretakers at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden are developing a new technique with a flamingo hatchling enabling it to benefit from group socialization and parent rearing. This new partial hand-rearing method will allow the young bird to become a better mate and parent in the future. The chick, hatched Friday, July 13, has not yet been named and sex has not yet been determined.
During breeding season, staff closely monitor the birds’ nests and place resulting eggs in...
at Friday, July 27, 2018
Friday, August 25, 2017
If you’ve visited the Zoo this summer, you may have noticed that our flock of American flamingos were nesting!
The flamingos constructed their intricate nest mounds out of natural materials found throughout their habitat including dirt, leaves, twigs and feathers. After the flamingos laid their eggs, I and other caretakers noticed that they were not being attentive to their nests, so we decided to intervene. Fortunately, the collective...
at Friday, August 25, 2017