Cancún, Quintana Roo July 31st, 2017 - Last July 21st, Zoomarine Park located in Italy, received “Fenix”, the first flamingo of the specie Phoeniconaias minor or Dwarf flamingo, born under human care in Italy.
The Dwarf Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) with African Origins, is the smallest of the 5 species that exists and it is not very common to see them. In Zoological institutions there are 1200 specimens that have been registered on the census and they can only be seen in 58 institutions of this kind.
Zoomarine exhibits the first Dwarf Flamingo specie since 10 years ago. This season modifications were made in the area, creating an exhibition habitat for the public and one for interaction called “Forest adventure”, were more than 200 animals can be seen by the visitors through a guided tour by the specialists of the park. With this new area and the care of our specialists, this year 4 females could put an egg. This specie has the capacity of putting one egg each year by female, they are monogamous species and the nests are made by the mothers, roosting the egg for 24 to 28 days before hatching.
Fenix is 10 days old, it gains approximately between 25 and 50 grams of weight each day and its growth is of 2 cm height each day. The team of specialists and veterinarians of the park constantly supervises its development so that nothing is missing with the feeding and right temperature, which must be always between 30 and 32 degrees. The breeding has the peak and legs color pink, but the plumage is light gray, it will turn color pink with time thanks to its diet based on crustaceans called Krill and Artemia, which start filtrating through its peak in the first months.
"With our first breeding, we complete the three tens of Dwarf Flamingos, a population of 29 specimens, 6 females and 23 males. In addition, being this the first birth of a Dwarf Flamingo in Zoomarine, it is also the first birth in all Italy and we are very proud and excited", commented Alejandro Mata, Corporate Manager of Specialists in Marine Mammals.
July 31st, 2017