Valentine’s Day may typically involve romance, candlelit dinners and bouquets of flowers, but the language of love at Auckland Zoo involves a very different ‘display’ of affection.
Auckland Zoo’s flamboyance of flamingos has a few quirky couples: a solid pair that are six years strong; an interesting love triangle between a male-male pair and a lingering female; and a couple that couldn’t get it right last year but are now loved up with their first chick. Typically, flamingos in the wild are not monogamous, but come breeding season our special flock seem to stick with their same partner year in and year out. Breeding season begins around August when the birds perform some wonderful courtship behaviours, display their most desirable assets, pair up and then separate from the group to build their nests. Last year, our young yet ever-confident Chick tried to wow a more mature Lizzie, but his lack of experience didn’t impress. This year Lizzie realised what she was missing out on and took Chick back, love bloomed, and they have recently been lucky enough to have Chick Jr.