1. In 1924, the James' flamingo was believed to be extinct. It was rediscovered in 1957 cohabiting with the Chilean flamingo.
2. Some species were thought to be threatened, but are now listed as near-threatened.
3. No species of flamingo is listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act
B. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
The Caribbean, greater, Chilean, Andean, and James' flamingos are listed in CITES Appendix II. This Appendix lists species that are in need of protection and are considered to be threatened likely to become endangered if trade isn't regulated.
C. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)/World Conservation Union.
Andean and James' flamingos are listed as species of concern under IUCN/World Conservation Union. The IUCN/World Conservation Union links together government agencies, non-government agencies, and independent states to encourage a worldwide approach to conservation.
D. U.S. Migratory Bird Act.
Caribbean, Chilean, and greater flamingos are protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act of 1918.
E. Zoological parks.
SeaWorld has successfully bred lesser flamingos.
1. Flamingos are fed a varied diet in zoological environments in order to maintain their pink coloration, as well as their general health.
2. SeaWorld feeds flamingos Mazuri Flamingo Complete Diet which includes fish meal; soybean meal; meat and bone meal; brewers dried yeast; vitamin B-12, A, E, and D-3 supplements; and some minerals. Submerged food trays are used to accommodate flamingos' filter-feeding habits.
3. With a population of more than 330 flamingos, Busch Gardens Tampa has the largest flock of Caribbean flamingos of any zoological park in the world. The flock is divided into two populations and fed Mazuri Flamingo Diet.
4. Hialeah Park, located near Miami, Florida, is a racetrack with a flock of Caribbean flamingos numbering approximately 900. Hialeah Park has a lake with four islands. The flamingos nest on these islands.
5. Zoological parks have had success in breeding Chilean, Caribbean, and greater flamingos. SeaWorld of California was the first North American zoological park to successfully breed lesser flamingos.
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