Each year, thousands of students at every level, from early years to post-16, visit the Flamingo Land zoo to learn more about the world around them.
Flamingo Land plays an active role in conservation and environmental education. This is increasingly relevant, due to the continued urbanisation of many areas of the world, as zoos may represent the most accessible destination for people wishing to get in touch with wildlife.
Flamingo Land has been a member of BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and EAZA, its European counterpart, for many years.
BIAZA and EAZA are professional accreditation bodies that represent only the best zoos in Britain, Ireland and Europe. Although all zoos must comply with strict government regulations, to be a member of an accreditation body requires compliance with even more stringent codes of practice, as well as significant contributions to the fields of animal welfare, research, conservation and education. Accreditation body membership brings a number of benefits, including training sessions and conferences for zoo staff. BIAZA and EAZA zoos also have very close relationships with one another, collaborating on conservation projects and coordinating animal moves to ensure the success of breeding programmes for endangered species.
Our group of banded mongoose has increased in size due to the addition of three babies!
These small animals are miniatures of their parents, so they look very cute! Despite being small they are very vocal, squeaking to their mother so she is aware of where they are and their needs. The photo shows one of our babies actively running around with its mother. The mothers are still quite protective of their offspring so will try to make sure they are close by and are visible. In the wild the young would be defenceless against any predators so depend on their mothers for protection and to teach them how to be a mongoose. The babies are fully integrated into the group so if you’re visiting us this winter you may be lucky enough to spot them in our Children’s Planet area. Our keepers assume that the babies have different mothers but the same father. This is a replica of the natural behaviour in the wild, where there would be one dominant male within the group and several breeding females.