Roger Williams Park Zoo announces birth of Chilean flamingo
The entire family at Roger Williams Park Zoo is happy to share a Chilean flamingo chick hatched on Thursday, October 1. The family resides in the outdoor Faces of the Rainforest exhibit.
This now week-old chick is a historical birth for the Zoo and is the first flamingo born at Roger Williams Park Zoo in 22 years.
The Zoo’s animal keepers and vet care team continue to monitor mom and baby. Staff have observed mom and dad lovingly tending to their little one. The flamingo chick can be seen in their outdoor habitat along with the rest of the Zoo’s Chilean flamingo flock.
Flamingo young are born white, with soft, downy feathers and a straight bill. As they mature the bill will gradually curve downwards and their feathers will turn pink. Both parents take care of the newborn flamingo, feeding it “crop milk,” a fluid produced in their digestive systems.
To witness the first days of the baby’s life – please click this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKE484YYy8s
Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.