Flamingos
Flamingos
Flights of Fancy
ABout Flamingos

YOU WILL OFTEN FIND OUR FLAMINGOS MARCHING OUTSIDE THEIR EXHIBIT DURING THE FLAMINGO MINGLE!

Caribbean Flamingos are bright pink or salmon in color, a result of eating shrimp. Chilean flamingos are pale pink with bright tips on their feathers. Caribbean Flamingos call North, Central, and South America their home — as well as the Galapagos regions. Chilean flamingos reside farther south, in the muddy wetlands of temperate South America.

Did you know a flamingo’s signature pink color comes from its diet? In the wild, flamingos eat tiny algae and brine shrimp that live in the water. The brine shrimp and algae contain carotenoid pigments, the same nutrients that make carrots orange and beets red.

 

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
51 inches,
7 pounds
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Native Region
North, Central, and South America;
Galapagos
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Eating Habits
Algae, insects, mollusks, shrimp
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Conservation Status
Caribbeans: least concern,
Chileans: near threatened
Mingle With Flamingos

Offered in the summer, the Flamingo Mingle is among our most popular, interactive and fun animal chats. Come by Flights of Fancy for an up-close look at our flock of curious Caribbean flamingos.

New Flamingo Feed Experience!

We’ve added a new and memorable experience that will tickle you pink!

Thanks to a gift from The Family of Dan and Rhonda Hall, a new flamingo feed allows guests to come up close and personal with our flamingos by feeding them one of their favorite foods, krill! You can feed our flocks during one of three scheduled feeding times daily — 11am and 1 & 3pm. You need a feed ticket which is $3 or purchase the Total Adventure Package with all rides and feeds included in one price!

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Flamingos are located in the Flights of Fancy.
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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Animal Amigo
Sponsor a Flamingo

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you con sponsor a flamingo at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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Rehabilitating Flamingo Chicks in South Africa

With thousands of birds in need of care following a severe drought, Senior Keeper Dana Lambert traveled to South Africa to help treat more than 1,800 orphaned flamingo chicks at a rescue center.