FLAMINGO RESEARCH & CONSERVATION IN SOUTHERN SOUTH AMERICA
A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.
Santa Fe and Córdoba Provinces, Argentina
Andean, Chilean and Puna flamingos
IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species
Andean Flamingo (vulnerable); Chilean flamingo (near threatened); Puna flamingo (near threatened)
About the Project
Three species of flamingo can be found in southern South America: the Chilean flamingo, Andean flamingo and Puna flamingo. The rarer Andean and Puna flamingos primarily use the wetlands of the altiplano in the high Andes of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, but they also use lowland wetlands that are critical for their survival, especially during winter months. These lowland wetlands can at times support up to 60% of the Andean flamingo global population. Conservation of these key lowland sites is of high priority. The Grupo Conservación Flamencos Altoandinos (GCFA), a regional conservation initiative, conducts research, management, conservation, capacity development, and outreach activities at key sites throughout the flamingo distribution range.
With support from Woodland Park Zoo, winter monitoring surveys have been conducted in more than 30 lowland wetlands in Argentina in the last six years through the GCFA monitoring program. The project has recorded wide annual variations in wetland conditions, as well as in numbers of flamingos using these wetlands. Continued monitoring is necessary in order to track conservation status of the wetlands, and to determine factors driving flamingo use of these wetlands. In addition, consistent presence at these sites and facilitated outreach activities with local stakeholders (communities, land owners, and politicians) will be conducted. During this project period a flamingo census of lowland wetland sites will be conducted and sites characterized by collecting water samples and recording environmental variables.
Flamingos at Woodland Park Zoo
You’ll see pink in the zoo’s Temperate Zone where a flock of Chilean flamingos can be found at Woodland Park Zoo. The multigenerational flock shares its wetlands with a Coscoroba swan, also native to their South American home.
To learn more:
Read the flamingo fact sheet