Flying flamingos

Flamingos and Co. are kept in a species-appropriate manner

Zoo manager Andreas M. Casdorff welcomes the decision of the public prosecutor's office: "Especially now in springtime, visitors to our outdoor facilities can watch the flamingos and pelicans courting, breeding and visibly feeling good." Young animals from last year, which with their still gray plumage stand out from the pink and bright orange play of colors of the adult birds. Their colorful plumage develops in the course of the first years of life.

The shortening of the feathers on one side of the wing, criticized by the animal rights organization, is comparable to cutting the fingernails or hair on humans, it does not hurt the animals under any circumstances and is carried out during the annual routine health check. “In nature, bird species such as flamingos mainly fly when they are fleeing from predators, looking for food or mating partners. With us at the zoo they live in a safe habitat, food and partners are immediately available to them. Even without flight restrictions, these birds would mainly be on the ground or in bodies of water, as can be seen in the wild, ”explains zoological director Klaus Brunsing.

Education and conservation are among the main tasks of a zoo. Especially with the numerous breeding successes of the past few years, the Hanover Zoo was able to make an important contribution to the conservation of the various flamingo species. The Chilean flamingo living in Hanover Zoo is on the Red List of Threatened Animal and Plant Species of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as potentially endangered.