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Maryland Zoo helps rescue South African flamingo chicks

Maryland Zoo helps rescue South African flamingo chicks

Gray, fluffy and abandoned on the banks of a drying lake, thousands of flamingo chicks were airlifted from their South African habitat to rescues across the country in an attempt to save them after a drought ravaged their nesting grounds.

The Maryland Zoo was among those who went to help.

The zoo sent Jess Phillips, area manager for the Baltimore facility’s Penguin Coast exhibit, to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town, one of several rescues where 285 lesser flamingo chicks were transported.

The baby birds were among more than 1,800 abandoned by their parents at Kamfers Dam, where a 1,200-acre lake began to dry...

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