As you enter the zoo you’ll be greeted by a flock of vibrant flamingos as they wade in their freshwater lagoon enclosure.
You can instantly recognise these birds by their rosy pink feathers. This distinct colour is due to a substance called carotenoid, which exists in the tiny shrimps they feed on. In captivity, we feed flamingos special food that contains these natural pigments to ensure their feathers remain coloured.
There are six different types of flamingos, and the birds you see here are Greater Flamingos from Africa and southern Europe. Whether feeding or nesting they remain closely packed together and can be very noisy, having a deep goose-like 'honk'. Flamingos can live for up to 30 years, and flamingo pairs are monogamous – they stay together for life.
In the flamingo enclosure you will also see smaller European birds such as pied avocets, ruffs, red shanks, turtle doves, little egrets and marbled teal.