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Meet Flaco

Welcome Flamingo Chick

We are pleased to welcome an adorable flamingo chick to the Philadelphia Zoo family. Thank you to the over 100k voters to helped name the newborn! We are pleased to officially introduce you to Flaco!

Just Hatched

Flaco hatched on July 12, 2020 is the first flamingo born at the Zoo since 2000. A few days after hatching, the chick left its mud mound and can be seen with its parents near the nesting flock. Covered in insulating down and able to walk and swim, Flaco follows its parents closely.

Learn More About Our Flamingos

Did You Know?

Philadelphia Zoo was instrumental in determining the correlation between flamingo diets, carotenoids (yellow, orange, and red organic pigments that are produced by plants and algae) and coloration.

In the 1940’s, the Zoo developed a new flamingo diet that included ground carrots for the first time.