There are two new additions to the greater flamingo flock at the San Diego Safari Zoo Park.
The chicks hatched on July 12 at the park. Both were weighed and had a blood sample taken to determine their sex. They also received a microchip to help the zoo keepers identify them.
During this breeding season, 17 chicks have hatched in the zoo's breeding program, bringing the total to 192 hatches.
Greater flamingos are not an endangered species but they are dependent on wetlands.
“Greater flamingos serve as ambassador species for wetlands conservation,” said Jenny Tibbott, senior bird keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “Flamingos are one of the more well-known bird species; they are loud, tall, bright and beautiful."
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has the largest colony of Greater flamingos in North America.