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The Lesser Flamingos of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, July 18, 2016

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. This weekend brought with it the first day of fall and now trees all over the great State of Wisconsin are turning their brands of orange and brown. That makes this the perfect time to visit our park while we’re open for general admission. General admissions will conclude on October 28th so you still have plenty of time to come see the animals. This week we’re going to zip over to our Waterfalls Area to check in on our lesser flamingos.

The lesser flamingo is one of the smallest flamingos. It stands 2.5-3 feet tall. The lesser also weighs between 3 and 5 pounds on average. When I hang out with the lessers they stand about thigh high. Watching them wade their beaks in the water is a treat also. That’s how they feed on algae, insects and crustaceans.

Lesser Flamingos A Plenty

The population of the lesser flamingo on a global scale is estimated to be around five million birds. Some flocks are even known to contain up to a million. I would say that’s a pretty robust numbers of animals. It also underscores the importance of animals their habitat and the ecosystem in general.

A Flamingo In Time

The first flamingo fossils discovered have dated back to about 10 million years ago. I’d give them a Yabba Dabba Doo for that one if I had been in Bedrock back then. The lesser flamingo reaches sexual maturity at the age of 6 years old. The lesser flamingo can live to be up to 50 years old.

Check out this week’s video for more fun flamingo facts. While I’m at it, don’t forget we’re still open every day. We also have a really super Fall Combo Ticket that gives you an all day general admission and Safari Train Ride. Talk to you all next week!

 

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