Fans of the San Francisco Zoo have been waiting a long time for this event: seven years, to be exact. The Chilean flamingo count went up by two when the chicks made their way out of the shell and took a look at life in the Bay Area.
Sixteen eggs were produced, but not all were fertile or cared for. Zoo officials were very happy to see two chicks hatch. For a picture of one of the chicks with its dad, go here and look at picture number 8. The chick is tucked in the wing, its little head and beak barely visible beneath dad’s beak.
Officials at the zoo explained that flamingos generally reproduce in a more social climate, with multitudes of their kind roaming around the area. The adult flamingo population in San Francisco increased by ten last year, when additional birds were purchased from the Phoenix Zoo.
On August 12, 2000, another flamingo chick hatched, the first at the San Francisco Zoo in twelve years. The chick was a cute ball of white feather fluff. It takes about three years for a flamingo to turn pink. To see some incredible photographs of that event, please visit Stacy’s website here.
The good news does not stop with these two chicks. There are three other flamingo pairs waiting for their eggs to hatch.
Congratulations to the City by the Bay on your new residents.
Foxreno.com, August 26, 2010, San Francisco Zoo welcomes Pair of Flamingo Chicks
SFGate.com, August 12, 2000 Zoo’s new flamingo family