The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is one of the larger and more charismatic flamingo species. Unfortunately, the colorfully plumaged bird faces significant conservation challenges from mining and water diversion projects, which threaten prime breeding and nesting habitat in Chile's northern Atacama Desert. Chilean flamingos are currently listed as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN. Lack of ecological data, however, is hampering effective conservation program design and implementation.
In an effort to protect remaining Chilean flamingo populations, ZCOG has partnered with the Zoológico Nacional del Parque Metropolitano de Santiago and Corporación Nacional Florestal (CONAF) to conduct research on the health status and migration patterns of flamingo populations in northern Chile. Thanks to the support of program donors, ZCOG has helped fund transportation costs for multiple field capture and tagging campaigns and purchased solar GPS satellite transmitters that are being used to monitor the birds movement patterns. ZCOG also manages and finances the project's satellite data account, which allows our Chilean program partners to download and analyze important flamingo migration data--critical information that is allowing us to better understand the challenges the species is facing and how to protect it from extinction.
Photos courtesy of Guillermo Cubillos and Mauricio Fabry, Zoológico Nacional del Parque Metropolitano de Santiago.
YOU CAN HELP SAVE CHILEAN FLAMINGOS!
Download our our project FACT SHEET and learn how you can help support our satellite monitoring and conservation efforts in northern Chile!
FROM THE FIELD
Click on the below-listed links to learn more about the Chilean Flamingo Conservation Monitoring Program.
HOW TO HELP
Support is needed to protect Chilean flamingos and their nesting habitat in Chile's Atacama Desert, and you can help make a difference!
DONATE NOW. Your contribution will be used to help purchase GPS transmitters and download satellite data needed to monitor flamingo movements in Chile's Atacama Desert.
Encourage your zoo to dedicate a Quarters for Conservation kiosk to raise funds for the Chilean Flamingos. CLICK HERE to learn how facilities like the Greenville Zoo are already contributing to ZCOG conservation programs in this manner.
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