12 Days of ZooLights: Flamingo

12 Days of ZooLights

National Zoo

Haven't made it to the National Zoo this holiday season? Catch up on what you're missing with our 12 Days of ZooLights. From Nov. 23 to Jan. 1, the zoo presents a sparking light display featuring sculptures of many of the zoo’s most popular animals. We're sharing one with you each day.

Name of animal: Flamingo

Habitat: Flamingos live in saltwater shallows throughout Central and South America, The West Indies and the Galapagos Islands

In the wild: Wild flamingos flock in hundreds. They gather near bodies of salt water and use their beaks to gather edible plants and insects.

Number of flamingos at zoo: About 60

Zoo history: Some of the zoo's flamingos have been living there since 1965. Most live in the Bird House.

Bet you didn't know... Female flamingos only incubate eggs for about 30 days.

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