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...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
OKC Zoo Assistant Birds Curator Holly Ray shares her conservation field work experience rescuing flamingos in South Africa...
In January, a severe drought dried out Kamfers Dam which is located in Kimberly, South Africa. Kamfers Dam is a very important breeding site for lesser flamingos, it is the location of one of only four lesser flamingo breeding sites in Africa. Due to the lack of water at the dam, adult flamingos abandoned their nests leaving nearly 2,000 eggs and flamingo...
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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...
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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...
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