Prague Zoo celebrates Flamingo Day

Information about the popular pink birds will be available throughout the day

The always stylish flamingo will be celebrated at Prague Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 5, with a special educational program.

“The unmistakable and easily recognizable bird is popular not only with young children but also for their parents. Looking at a pink colony will delight everyone. This is why Prague Zoo did not hesitate to prepare a thematic program for Flamingo Day that will reveal some of the secrets of their lives,” the zoo said in a statement.

An information booth will be set up from 10 am to 4 pm near the Chilean and Cuban flamingos. There will be a commented meeting near the Chilean and Cuban flamingos at 11:30 am, and another meeting near the pink flamingos at 1:30 pm.

The meetings will explain, in Czech, various things about why flamingos stand the way they do, where they get their coloring and how they eat with their unusual beaks.

While most people are familiar with pink flamingos, there are several different types and they can be distinguished by their different coloring.

Flamingo comes from the Spanish word “flamenco” meaning “flame-colored.” There are four species in the Americas and two in the Old World.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fourth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in July 2015.

The zoo this year has seen the births of a litter of wolves, a rare white-bearded tamarin, a litter of cheetahs and several Komodo dragons. The zoo in 2016 saw a total of 1,191 juveniles in 223 species.

Prague Zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. It has been particularly active in the preservation of the Przewalski's horses, which are slowly being returned to the wild.

The zoo as of May 31 is entirely non-smoking. New parking lots with a free shuttle bus opened on July 1 at Povltavská Street by the Blanka tunnel.

According to state agency CzechTourism, the Prague Zoo was the third-most visited attraction in the Czech Republic, with 1.4 million people coming in 2016.

The zoo this year welcomed its 60 millionth visitor since it opened 86 years ago. In 1931, when it opened, just 20,000 people visited. Last year that grew to 1,448,353 people in a single year.

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