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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


September 24, 2012


Flamingos hatch at Woodland Park Zoo


Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |

Three Chilean flamingos have recently hatched at Woodland Park Zoo and are being reared off public exhibit to increase their chance of survival. 

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo


Three Chilean flamingos have hatched at Woodland Park Zoo, marking the fourth successful breeding season for the species. The press is invited behind the scenes to view the chicks and parents.

The chicks hatched on exhibit between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, following a 29-day incubation period. To ensure a higher chance of survival, the chicks and parents were relocated to a quieter off-exhibit nursery area for rearing.

Since 2008, Woodland Park Zoo has hand-raised 10 flamingo chicks produced by the colony.

Flamingo chicks hatch with a whitish, gray down and can acquire extensive pink feathering that can be mixed with gray-brown contour feathers at about 1 year of age. Juveniles usually have full pink feathering by 2 to 3 years of age. These hardy, social birds of South America stand an impressive 40 to 42 inches tall.


Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10:00-10:30 a.m.


Park in the zoo’s inner lot at the NORTH end where the admin. offices are located off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. Meet at the West Entrance for staff escort. 


Chilean flamingos have a range that extends from an elevation of 15,420 feet in the altiplano (high mountain plateau), to lowland saline estuaries where some overwinter along the southwest Chilean coast.

Winter hours Oct. 1-April 30: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily. Admission Oct. 1-April 30: Adult (13-64) $11.75; Child (3-12) $8.50; Toddler (0-2) free. Active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round. Parking: $5.25.

For more information or to become a member, visit or call 206.548.2500 or 206.548.2599 (TTY).


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