This week we are focusing on a very impressive bird. Hamerkops are no ordinary bird and especially here in Flamingo Land zoo they hold a special place close to our hearts.
The hamerkop bird is a large African water bird; they can live in a variety of habitats, from arid semi-deserts to farmland to forest. The main factor for a good habitat is water. They forage in reed beds and along shallow waters near sand beds. They feed on a diet of amphibians, small fish, worms and insects. But the most interesting and exciting aspect of the hamerkop is their nest. The nest is an elaborate hollow structure of sticks usually built in a fork of a tree. The male and female spend weeks collecting twigs and suitable nesting material, incorporating it into a fantastic extravagant arrangement. Again as water is a main priority in their life, hamerkops will build their nests in a tree overhanging the water or near a lake or river.
Here in the zoo, we try to replicate life in the wild as much as possible...
Here at Flamingo Land we are very proud of our zoo, and we hope you enjoy it just as much as we do. But who is responsible for how great the place looks? Our keepers of course! All the keepers here at the zoo are extremely dedicated to the work that they are doing. Come rain or shine they are always working hard for the animals and for the members of the public.
The keeper’s day starts off with the zoo morning meeting. This is a chance for everyone to get together and update each other about what is happening in the different areas of the zoo. There are five sections in the zoo ranging from South America, Paddocks (which includes the rhinos, giraffes and ostriches), and Farm to Children’s Planet. Each section will have a group of keepers that work only on that section. Once everyone has been briefed, the real work starts.
Our white rhinos have been under close watch over recent months. In order to ensure their wellbeing, we monitored them and their behaviour before, during and after the construction of our brand new ride, Pterodactyl.
Visitors to the park are in for an extra thrill here at Flamingo Land with our brand new ride, Pterodactyl. On this thrilling, high altitude, swooping ride you can get a great view of the Lost Kingdom (if you can keep your eyes open). You are able to see the tall necks of the giraffes, the grazing zebras, the remarkable dinosaur-like ostriches and the rumbling rhinos. It is these white rhinos that were under close scrutiny over the last few months, with research being carried out on them and their behaviour before, during and after the construction of the new ride. As Pterodactyl is close to the rhino quarters, zoo staff wanted to ensure that the new thrill was not affecting their behaviour.