31 Mar 2011

The birds have been resident in the zoo since the 1960s and Keepers were keen to assess the condition of every individual flamingo prior to the breeding season, which will begin in late Spring.

The checks will enable the team to learn about the demographics of the group (sex, age, etc) to then enable them to carry out detailed research projects in the future.

Keepers plan to study nesting behaviour and look at how different pairs bond, as it is not yet known whether the flamingos choose different mates over the course of their lives or for how long they breed for.

The health-checks are vital to establishing all of the information needed to allow this important research to happen.