It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. James, one of the oldest birds at WWT Slimbridge.
Mr. James was the only remaining
James' flamingo in the UK and has brought joy to our dedicated staff and
volunteers, as well as the countless visitors of all ages since 1965.
Mr. James preening, in 2020. Credit Sarah Freeman.
Mr. James was approximately 65 years old when he recently
started to show signs of his old age. Our animal care and veterinary team increased
welfare checks and did all they could to support him but unfortunately a change
in his condition led to the difficult decision to prevent him from suffering any
Mr. James looking his age in 2023. Credit Ella Slinn.
Mr. James' life with us has been a remarkable testament to
the exceptional commitment to animal care and husbandry practiced at WWT
Slimbridge. Over the years, generations of dedicated aviculturists and vets have
provided unwavering care and support to ensure Mr. James lived a long and fulfilled
Andean flamingos with one James's flamingo, Mr. James - right of centre with his bright yellow beak. Credit Ella Slinn.
Gary Haseley-Nejrup, Centre Manager at WWT Slimbridge said:
Mr. James was more than just a resident at Slimbridge; he was an ambassador for the beauty and diversity of the natural world. His enduring spirit will continue to inspire our ongoing flamingo husbandry, reminding us of the importance of safeguarding our wetland wildlife for generations to come.