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|L.A. Zoo Welcomes Six Flamingo Chicks To The Flock|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 26 December 2013 22:01|
The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the long awaited addition of six flamingo chicks to the current flock ofChilean flamingos. The fluffy, gray youngsters, three male and three female, range in age from one month to four and half months old. Four of the baby birds can now be seen on exhibit with their parents while two of the recently hatched chicks are being hand-reared off-display and will soon be introduced to the rest of the flock. In addition, there are two eggs currently in an incubator behind the scenes that are expected to hatch within the next week.
These babies are the first Chilean flamingo chicks to hatch at the L.A. Zoo in more than 10 years. Previously the Zoo had a mixed flock containing Chilean and Caribbean flamingos in one habitat which didn’t allow for breeding.
“Breeding wasn’t an option because we don’t allow our animals to hybridize,” said Susie Kasielke, Curator of Birds at the Los Angeles Zoo. “When the Caribbean flamingos in our collection were relocated to another AZA-accredited facility to join a larger flock, the L.A. Zoo was able to start considering breeding the Chilean flamingos for the first time in over 10 years.”
The chicks were produced utilizing a new breeding technique for the Zoo that allows the flamingos to have access to both on and off-display areas of their habitat during the breeding season. In the past breeding birds stayed off-display for nesting, with a smaller group of non-breeding individuals out on display. The new system of expanding their environment during breeding proved to be an immediate success.
“They started building nests right away,” said Susie Kasielke. “The new system has gone really well and has exceeded our expectations.”
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 22:10|