The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is one of the larger and more charismatic flamingo species on earth. Unfortunately, the colorfully plumaged bird and its Andean and Puna (James's) flamingo brethren face significant conservation challenges from mining and unregulated tourism, which threaten the birds' feeding, breeding and nesting habitat in Chile's northern Andean highlands. Currently, all three Andean highland flamingo species are categorized as vulnerable by Chile's Ministry of the Environment and as vulnerable (VU) or near threatened (NT) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In an effort to support flamingo recovery and conservation in Chile's Andean highlands, ZCOG has partnered with the Zoológico Nacional de Chile and Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) to conduct research on the movement patterns and habitat use of Andean, Chilean, and Puna (James's) flamingos. Thanks to the support of program donors, ZCOG has funded transportation costs for 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 movement data--critical information that is allowing us to better understand the challenges the three species are facing and how to protect them from extinction. The project is a core component of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium's (AZA) Andean Highland Flamingo SAFE species program.
Photos courtesy of Zoológico Nacional del Parque Metropolitano de Santiago.
YOU CAN HELP SAVE CHILEAN FLAMINGOS!
Proyecto Flamencos Chilenos (2021). English subtitles.
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 habitat in Chile's northern Andean Highlands, and you can help make a difference!
DOWNLOAD our project fact sheet and learn how you can help support our flamingo monitoring, recovery, and conservation efforts in northern Chile.
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.
Help support Chilean Flamingo monitoring and conservation efforts by adding ZCOG as your favorite charity on ebay. A percentage of all sales made will be donated to ZCOG through the ebay Giving Works program.
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