Range: South America, from Peru to Southern Argentina and Chile. Can also be found in Bolivia, Paraguay and southern Brazil
Habitat: Salt marshes, shallows of salt or brackish water or alkaline lakes.
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus chilensis
Our Chilean Flamingos are located just past the Playground and near the Train Depot. Flamingos are filter feeders. They feed on small crustacean algae and other organisms. In the wild, they get their pink color from the algae they eat. At the zoo, we feed them flamingo diet, a dry food that floats in the water and we add a red dye to keep their pretty color. We are excited about a new Breeding Aviary built in 2009. Kids at the Garfield Montessori Magnet School in Decatur participated in a reading program that raised money to buy the aviary. We, and the Flamingo’s, thank the school for this gift. If all goes as planned, the Breeding Aviary will allow the Flamingo’s to make nests, lay eggs and hatch baby flamingos!