San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Are Open!

Following the guidance set forth from local, state, and federal agencies, please familiarize yourself with our reopening guidelines.


Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos



With their pink and crimson plumage, long legs and neck, and hooked bill, flamingos cannot be mistaken for any other type of bird. They live in lagoons or large, shallow lakes. These bodies of water may be quite salty or caustic: too much so for most other animals. In some lakes, their only animal “neighbors” are algae, diatoms, and small crustaceans. That works in the flamingo’s favor, as the birds dine on these small creatures!

Social birds, flamingos live in groups of varying sizes, from a few pairs to sometimes thousands, or tens of thousands. The Safari Park is home to the largest population of greater flamingos in North America. We have three of the six flamingo species represented here.

Add some color to your day by admiring our flocks! Admire our Chilean flamingos in Safari Base Camp; greater and lesser flamingos in the African Outpost.

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