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AnimalID

Name

5037

Greater Flamingo

LocationName:

Africa

Origin:

Original ZT

PurchaseCost:

$750

RequiresResearch:

No

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

No

 

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Description:

The word flamingo comes from the Latin word for flame. Greater flamingos are beautiful birds known for their distinctive pink plumage and their long, graceful necks and legs. They reach an average height of four feet, making them one of the tallest birds in the world.

Greater flamingos are found all over the world. Large populations live in northwest India, the Middle East, the western Mediterranean, and Africa. Smaller flocks can be found scattered throughout northern Europe. Flamingo flocks can number in the thousands.

These birds live on shallow lakes and coastal waters. Soda lakes, salt lagoons, and tidal mudflats are all appropriate habitats for flamingos. The foods they eat (shrimp, worms, blue-green algae, and snails) can be found in water with a high concentration of saline or alkaline salt. Little shore vegetation grows in these areas, where only a few of the hardiest savannah grasses can survive. Flamingos require lots of mud, as they use this substance to create their large conical nests. The parents take turns incubating their egg, and must take care, after hatching, that the baby bird does not fall off the nest into the caustic water.

The flamingo uses a unique filtration system for feeding. Its bill contains comb-like plates that can skim food from the water it lives in. Its tongue act like a piston, sucking water into the beak and then forcing it out again so that the food remains trapped against the plates lining the beak. Flamingoes can filter as many as 20 beakfuls of water per second. In captivity, submerged food trays are used to accommodate the flamingos' filter-feeding habits.

The shrimp and algae consumed by the flamingo are rich in carotene, a substance responsible for the bird's pink color. In captivity, this pigment is included in a special flamingo pellet feed; otherwise, the bird would be a dull buff color.

The greater flamingo has very few predators because of the harsh habitat it prefers. It competes with no other animals for its food. Jackals and hyenas are potential predators of adult flamingos, although they are more likely to alarm the flock than to capture a flamingo. Eggs and chicks are prey for a number of birds, such as fish eagles and storks. The greatest threat to the flamingo is posed by the destruction of its habitat.

Flamingos spend most of the day feeding, preening, resting, and bathing. They have good hearing and eyesight. In zoological settings, flamingos recognize their uniformed keepers among visitors.

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

10

30

70

70

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

7

30

-5

No

 

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To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which fence is suitable for this animal in terms of strength, if it can be climbed or jumped over?

How big should the exhibit be and what Terrain should be used?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

How deep should the exhibit be if using the "Pit Method"?

1 level

 

FenceName

Purchase Cost

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Low Chain-link Fence

$45

1

200

10

22.2

Low Stick Pole Fence

$55

1

225

11

20.0

Stick Pole Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Stick Pole Window Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Low Post and Rail Fence

$70

1

250

11

15.7

Chain-link Fence

$70

2

200

10

14.3

Post and Rail Fence

$90

2

250

12

13.3

Low Wooden Slat Fence

$85

1

240

11

12.9

Wood Slat Window Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Wooden Slat Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Low Concrete Fence

$125

1

300

12

9.6

Low Iron Bar Fence

$125

1

290

12

9.6

Low Rock Wall Fence

$125

1

280

12

9.6

Low Concrete Chain Fence

$125

1

275

12

9.6

Low Plexiglas Fence

$125

1

270

12

9.6

Rock Wall Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Rock Window Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Concrete Chain Fence

$150

2

275

14

9.3

Plexiglas Fence

$150

2

270

13

8.7

Iron Bar Fence

$180

2

290

14

7.8

Concrete Fence

$200

2

300

15

7.5

Reinforced Concrete Fence

$225

3

460

16

7.1

Reinforced Concrete and Glass Fence

$225

3

420

15

6.7

Concrete and Iron Bar Fence

$240

3

440

15

6.3

Electrified Chain-link Fence

$300

3

480

18

6.0

Electrified Iron Bar Fence

$350

3

400

18

5.1

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

15

2

 

20

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Fresh water

60

9

18

27

36

45

54

63

72

81

90

Dirt

20

3

6

9

12

15

18

21

24

27

30

Sand

10

2

3

5

6

8

9

11

12

14

15

Savannah grass

10

2

3

5

6

8

9

11

12

14

15

Rocks

2

1

2

4

5

6

7

8

10

11

12

Foliage

2

0

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

3

Elevation

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Exhibit Size

100

15

30

45

60

75

90

105

120

135

150

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7060

5

Tall Grass

32

$300

10.7

7048

3

Thorn Bush

24

$80

30.0

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

 

 

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

8109

Large Concrete Shelter

18

8

$225

6

Yes

8112

Large Wood Shelter 

18

8

$325

6

Yes

8108

Concrete Shelter

16

6

$175

4

 

8111

Wood Shelter

16

6

$225

4

 

8107

Small Concrete Shelter

13

3

$125

2

 

8110

Small Wood Shelter

13

3

$175

2

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

 

 none

 

 

 

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ReproductionChance:

High

SickChance:

5

ReproductionInterval(months):

9

SickChange:

-12

HappyReproduceThreshold:

90

DeathChance:

20

Offspring:

2

TimeDeath(months):

36

BabyToAdult(months):

3

 

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

African Buffalo

8

KeeperFoodType:

Hay

Common Wildebeest

8

none

Thomsons Gazelle

8

 

Giraffe

8

Hippopotamus

8

 

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