They are the world's most numerous flamingo but the lesser flamingo is classified as near threatened due to the lack of suitable breeding sites. Help us to promote conservation of their habitats so their population thrive.
In total there are over 5 million lesser flamingos in the wild but there are less than 30 sites worldwide that are suitable for them to lay their eggs. For this reason the population is fragile and vulnerable to habitat loss.
Together with your support we can continue to protect and create wetland areas around the world so flamingos can continue to breed in the wild. Furthermore we can monitor them in their natural environment to understand the threats they face.
For more than 45 years we've also been protecting flamingos through our conservation breeding programme. Raising chicks in safety at our centres means we can learn new ways to help the wild population. Techniques pioneered in captivity, such as building artificial nest mounds for the flamingos to lay their eggs on, have been a great success at sites in Europe and Africa where tens of thousands of wild flamingos have hatched as a direct result.
Your sponsorship will be helping us to:
- Promote flamingo research and conservation techniques worldwide
- Continue with our very successful flamingo breeding programme at Slimbridge
- Engage and inspire people to take an interest in the natural world