Animals & Attractions

There is a large flock of Chilean flamingos here at Edinburgh Zoo.

Our eldest flamingos were born in 1961 while the youngest individual hatched in 2016. 

You can help feed and care for our flamingos and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

There are 6 species of flamingo around the world. The Chilean flamingo is a pale salmon-pink colour and can be identified easily by its grey legs and pink knees and feet

Flamingos get their pink colour from the tiny crustaceans and algae that they feed on

They have a peculiar-looking beak, which floats upside down in the water to filter out their food

During the breeding season they build a tall mud nest on which they will lay a single, chalky-white egg 

How we're helping

The number of Chilean flamingos in the wild is declining due to habitat destruction, egg-harvesting, and hunting.

Our flamingos are part of the Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Find out more about some of our conservation projects.

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Become an RZSS member and receive a whole host of benefits while helping to care for animals around the world.

Can you support our Survival Fund?

Every month, we need thousands of pounds just to feed and care for the animals you love. If you can, please help your zoo survive long into the future by giving a donation today.

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