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Flamingo diary

Flamingos are one of the most popular animals exhibited in animal collections. If you’re keen to learn more about them and delve deeper in the ways in which WWT keeps its flamingos then follow Paul's diary up-to-date with all things flamingo. Paul Rose is a PhD student from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, currently based in the Conservation Programmes Directorate at WWT, who is investigating the social behaviour of captive flamingo flock

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Wetland habits for wetland birds
10 Oct 2020

Wetland habits for wetland birds

How are flamingos adapted for their wetland habitats? What can you spot on your next visit to your local WWT flamingo flock that shows how these birds are wetland specialists?...

Flamingos like it when the sun shines
15 Aug 2020

Flamingos like it when the sun shines

Why is sunshine so important to flamingo behaviour? Find out more about how the sun brings out a range of flamingo feeding forays and lets them enjoy themselves just that extra bit more...

Hot pink flamingos? Flamingo care in warm weather
24 Jun 2020

Hot pink flamingos? Flamingo care in warm weather

We've seen some mini heatwaves across the UK lately and the warm weather brings new challenges for the living collections teams at WWT centres and how they care for their animals. In this flamingo blog, let's take a quick look at how the flamingos are man...

Closed but still caring: What's it like looking after a flamingo (or five hundred)?
20 May 2020

Closed but still caring: What's it like looking after a flamingo (or five hundred)?

What's it like to care for the WWT Slimbridge flamingos under lock down? Find out in our behind-the-scenes report with Phoebe, a member of the living collections management team...

Closed but still caring on International Flamingo Day
20 Apr 2020

Closed but still caring on International Flamingo Day

What's going on at each WWT centre with the flocks of flamingos? Just because we're closed, doesn't mean we're not still caring for the birds. And this April, why not mark the very first International Flamingo Day by doing something truly flamtastic!...

Flamingos form firm friendships
14 Apr 2020

Flamingos form firm friendships

Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows. ...

Closed but still caring: What are the flamingos up to?
25 Mar 2020

Closed but still caring: What are the flamingos up to?

I hope all of you flamingo followers are keeping safe and well in these difficult times, and I'm sure that you, like me, are missing being able to have contact with the birds on your visits to WWT Slimbridge. Especially at this time of year when they star...

Fancy finding flirty flamingos in February?
08 Feb 2020

Fancy finding flirty flamingos in February?

What do romantic flamingos look like? It's the season for fabulous flirtation and lots of dancing and the flamingos start to perform their courtship displays...

New decade, new flamingo news
05 Jan 2020

New decade, new flamingo news

Looking for some January reading? Why not learn something new about flamingos and their conservation...?...

Winter warmers for the flamingos
25 Oct 2019

Winter warmers for the flamingos

As the clocks go back and the months turn colder, the living collections team at WWT Slimbridge focuses on the needs of those species that need a little bit more TLC when it turns chilly. This is true for the flamingos as well as for the other animals in ...

Learning more about our foster chicks
27 Sep 2019

Learning more about our foster chicks

What did this summer's research project on our wonderful fostered Chilean flamingos tell us? That they are settling into their new home and have made some new friends!...

Baby flamingos- why the long wait?!
31 Aug 2019

Baby flamingos- why the long wait?!

Congratulations to the animal keepers and to the flamingos at WWT Washington on the successful hatching of a Chilean flamingo chick for the first time in four years. But why the long wait...? It's all explained by flamingo ecology...

Gold-winning flamingos!
05 Jul 2019

Gold-winning flamingos!

The flamingo science at WWT Slimbridge has won a Gold Award in the research category at the 2019 BIAZA Awards. ...

A biography of Mr James
03 Jun 2019

A biography of Mr James

Everyone's favourite pink bird and one of the stars of WWT's living collection- find out more about our very special (and unique) James' flamingo...

Flamenco flamingo - What's in a name?
01 May 2019

Flamenco flamingo - What's in a name?

Flamingos are well-known for their colour and dancing skills, their habits of standing on one leg. But why are they called flamingos?...