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    Posted March 7, 2012 by
    San Diego, California

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    Butters - Caribbean Flamingo


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    Name: Butters
    Age: 3 years
    Species: Caribbean Flamingo
    Location: San Diego Zoo

    Butters is imprinted on his keeper. With their bright feathers and strongly hooked bills, flamingos are among the most easily recognized water birds. Their pink or reddish color comes from the rich sources of carotenoid pigments (like the pigments of carrots) in the algae and small crustaceans that the birds eat. The Caribbean flamingos are the brightest, showing their true colors of red, pink, or orange on their legs, bills, and faces.

    Special thanks to the San Diego Zoo for lending me Animal Ambassador Rick Schwartz and opening the zookeeper doors.

    About the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park -
    The 100-acre San Diego Zoo located in Balboa Park is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections.

    The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as the Wild Animal Park), which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

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