Caribbean Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

NATURAL HABITAT
The Caribbean flamingo prefers to live in tropical and warm temperate climates.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Small shrimp, mollusks, invertebrates and blue-green algae
IN THE ZOO – Specially formulated enriched grain

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Capable of long-distance migration
  • Fly at speeds up to 31 to 37 mph
  • Pink coloring is caused by the beta carotene in shrimp
  • Stand on one leg to reduce heat loss through the legs and feet
  • Can sleep standing on one leg
  • What appears to be their knee bent backwards is actually their ankle joint
  • Visitors in 2016
    Visitors in 2016

    234,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2016
    CAMPERS IN 2016

    2,600

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400