Seeing Pink at Stone Zoo
July 14, 2012
Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts announces the hatching of seven Caribbean flamingo chicks.
“It’s always fascinating for our visitors to watch the chicks being raised by their parents. We are expecting a few more eggs to hatch this summer, so guests will have the opportunity to observe these striking birds in various stages of development,” said Frederick Beall, Zoo New England General Curator, who added, “We hope to continue successfully breeding these birds to genetically diversify the colony while increasing our flock.”
Stone Zoo has had a highly successful Caribbean flamingo breeding colony for many years. The first breeding occurred in 1994, and it has continued every year except one with a total of 104 hatches, including the new chicks. The flock at Stone Zoo now numbers more than 42 birds plus seven chicks, which range in age from a few days old to at least 43 years old. The ideal breeding conditions must include easy access to water as well as a muddy area. Flamingos build their nests by mounding up piles of mud, which can measure up to two feet tall. A single egg is laid and is incubated by both parents. Both parents also rear the chick.
Zoo New England manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Both are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Photo Credits: Elise Amendola