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Flamingo Land The Animals of Flamingo Land 1976

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  1. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    As it is coming up to the fortieth :eek: anniversary of the publication of "The Animals of Flamingo Land" (published just after the name change from Flamingo Park), I thought it would be interesting to list the species in the collection then as a comparison with today's smaller collection. Looking through my records, the nearest figures I have got from the IZYB would be for 31st December 1974 when the collection was listed as follows:

    Mammals 83 species; 310 specimens
    Birds 124; 725
    Reptiles 106; 150
    Amphibians 6; 17
    Fishes 6;40 (surprisingly low)

    There had been 92 species of mammal at 31st December 1970, and 155 of bird at 31st December 1966.

    Anyway, I shall start with the mammals for 1976 - I shall list their names as given in the book unless there is an obviously spelling mistake.

    Bennett's Wallaby

    Douroucouli or Night Monkey
    Capuchin Monkey (albifrons per the scientific name)
    Black Spider Monkey
    Hamadryas Baboon
    Barbary Ape
    Pig-tailed Macaque
    Crab-eating Macaque
    Rhesus Macaque
    Celebes Black Ape
    Sooty Mangabey
    White-collared Mangabey
    Green Monkey (Callithrix per the scientific name listed)
    Diana Monkey
    Moustached Monkey
    White-nosed Guenon
    Patas or Hussar Monkey

    White-handed Gibbon

    Orang-utan (Sumatran)

    Giant Anteater

    Crested Porcupine

    Bottle-nosed Dolphin

    Grey Wolf
    Australian Dingo
    Arctic Fox
    Raccoon-like Dog
    Polar Bear
    European Brown Bear
    Himalayan Black Bear
    Indian Mongoose
    Spotted Hyaena
    Scottish Wid Cat

    Californian Sea Lion
    Grey Seal

    African Elephant
    Indian Elephant

    Grant's Zebra
    South American Tapir

    Collared Peccary
    Bactrian Camel
    Arabian Camel
    European Red Deer
    North American Wapiti
    Fallow Deer
    Japanese Sika Deer
    Pere David's Deer
    Javanese Muntjac
    Reticulated Giraffe
    Red Lechwe (Waterbuck)
    Arabian Gazelle
    Barbary Sheep
    North American Bison
    Ankole Cattle

    I am just thinking I have a photograph of a De Brazza's Monkey taken in 1976 - maybe the species arrived during the year.
    Last edited: 30 Jan 2016
  2. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    Now on with the birds (I realised this afternoon that the book does not include fishes no matter how many there were - the aquarium would have been on the site of the original dolphinarium then). If one of the parrots was what the book says, it is a bit of a sensation...but...

    South American Rhea


    King Penguin
    Jackass Penguin
    Humboldt Penguin

    Eurasian White Pelican
    Brown Pelican

    Common Heron
    Black-crowned Night Heron
    Cattle Egret
    White Stork
    Marabou Stork

    European White Spoonbill
    Wood Ibis
    Scarlet Ibis
    Sacred Ibis
    Greater Flamingo
    Cuban Flamingo
    Chilean Flamingo

    Mute Swan
    Australian Black Swan
    Domestic Goose
    Greylag Goose
    Snow Goose
    Chinese Goose
    Lesser White-fronted Goose
    Pink-footed Goose
    Bar-headed Goose
    Canada Goose
    Barnacle Goose
    Egyptian Goose
    Common Pintail Duck
    Bahama Pintail Duck
    Common Teal
    Common Wigeon
    Mallard Duck
    Ruddy Shellduck
    Tufted Duck
    Goldeneye Duck
    Mandarin Duck
    Carolina Duck
    Eider Duck
    Red-crested Pochard
    Muscovy Duck

    Andean Condor
    Tawny Eagle
    Bateleur Eagle
    Augur Buzzard
    Cinereous Vulture
    White-backed Vulture
    Griffon Vulture

    Crested Guan
    Red-legged Partridge
    Ring-necked Pheasant
    Reeves's Pheasant
    Silver Pheasant
    Golden Pheasant
    Lady Amherst's Pheasant
    Blue Peafowl
    White Peafowl
    Black-shouldered Peafowl
    Pied Peafowl
    Common Guinea Fowl

    Sarus Crane
    Crowned Crane
    Grey-winged Trumpeter
    Purple Gallinule
    Ypecaha Wood Rail

    Inca Tern

    Roseate Cockatoo
    Moluccan Cockatoo
    Chattering Lory
    Australian Cockatiel
    Alexandrine Parakeet
    Ring-necked Parakeet
    Moustached Parakeet
    Plum-headed Parakeet
    Canary-winged Parakeet
    Quaker Parakeet
    African Grey Parrot
    Amazon Green Parrot (with the scientific name agilis)
    Red-shouldered Conure
    Black-headed Conure
    Red-fronted Conure
    Lesser Patagonian Conure
    Blue and Yellow Macaw
    Green-winged Macaw
    Scarlet Macaw

    White-cheeked Turaco (surprised at that spelling in 1976 - always "Touraco" to me)

    Great Eagle Owl
    Malayan Fish Owl
    Tawny Owl

    Ariel Toucan

    Java Sparrow
    Greater Hill Mynah
    Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
    Red-billed Blue Tree Pie
    Common Jay

    Oh for a bird collection as extensive as that today. Was the "Amazon Green Parrot" really the Black-billed Amazon? In her book on Amazon Parrots Rosemary Low says the female at Regent's Park from the 1960s was for many years probably the only one in any collection in Europe. Could another have been resident in Kirby Misperton?
    Last edited: 30 Jan 2016
  3. FBBird

    FBBird Well-Known Member 10+ year member

    15 Oct 2010
    Dorset, UK
    Flamingo Land.....

    'Australian' Cockatiel? As opposed to the little known Outer Mongolian Cockatiel perhaps.
    Not the sort of collection one would see today, mammals or birds.
  4. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member 15+ year member

    18 May 2007
    Stoke-on-Trent England
    Zoo Yearbook volume 18 gives the 1976 figures.

    mammals 65 species 255 specimens
    birds 100 species 602 specimens
    reptiles 47 species 100 specimens
    amphibians 2 species 12 specimens
    fishes 30 species 150 specimens
    invertebrates 2 species 15 specimens

    the attendance in 1976 was estimated as 600,000

    from the 17th to 24th April 1976 I stayed at the Flamingo Park caravan site, I'm sure that if they had exhibited a black-billed Amazon I would have noticed. However the lack of a sighting does not mean that they did not have one.
  5. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    I did think "what other sort is there?" as I was typing it! I should have explained the book comprises copies of the labels for the species in the collection. Just after I had switched off it struck me there are labels for the Plum-headed Parakeet and the Donkey (I shall edit them in above), neither of which are in the back, and checking through there are no labels for the Red-legged Partridge or the Ariel Toucan. Some of the labels use a different name from the one on the list in the back of the book - for example, it is just "Cockatiel" on the label, and the "Caracara" is labelled as the Common Caracara, plus it is "Touraco" on the label - hurray. Also Cebus albifrons is labelled as the Brown Capuchin (it was definitely apella that was there in later years), so there is a question mark there (albifrons at Sewerby is now labelled as the "Brown Pale-fronted"). As you say, it is not the sort of collection one would see today, but I wish I could see it again.
    Last edited: 30 Jan 2016
  6. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    Thank-you for that, bongorob. I have just realised I do have volume 18, but I think I stopped making notes from them for my Flamingo Park file after the zoo's name change! I did not give a thought to looking it up yesterday - thank-you for stepping in. Your visit in 1976 would have been just at the time of the publication of the book. I am far from convinced the Amazon would have been a Black-billed! Just looking at the drawing on the copy of the label, it doesn't even have a dark bill, but then it does not look like one of the more commonly seen species either (it must be said, though, that the quality of the drawings is variable). I suppose only a photograph would reveal the truth. The total for fishes would seem about right from my memory of the aquarium.
    Last edited: 30 Jan 2016
  7. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    In the absence of fishes, on with the final lists:-


    Surinam Toad
    African Clawed Frog
    African Bullfrog
    Brazilian Horned Toad
    Asiatic Giant Toad
    Marine Toad


    Seychelles Giant Tortoise
    Greek Tortoise
    Wood Terrapin
    Spanish Terrapin
    Serrated Terrapin
    Red-eared Terrapin
    Black Box Terrapin
    Map Terrapin (no label in book)
    Leaf Terrapin
    Florida Mud Terrapin
    Snapping Turtle
    Side-necked Turtle
    African Mud Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa)
    African Mud Turtle (Pelosius Spp)

    Nile Crocodile
    Dwarf Crocodile
    American Alligator

    Brooke's European Gecko
    Flat-tailed Flying Gecko
    Plated Lizard
    Thailand Water Dragon
    Common Iguana
    Black-pointed Tegu
    Bengal Monitor Lizard
    Warren's Zonure

    Boa Constrictor
    Garden Tree Boa
    Cooke's Tree Boa
    Emerald Tree Boa (not on list in back of book)
    African Python (Python sebae)
    Reticulated Python
    Bull Snake
    Speckled King Snake
    Mangrove Snake
    Blunt-headed Tree Snake (not on list in back of book)
    Red-spotted Beaked Snake
    African Beauty Snake
    Puff Adder
    Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth
    Western Diamond-back Rattlesnake
    Pacific Rattlesnake (no label in book)
    Red Rattlesnake
    Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake

    A few venomous species there, and a collection that puts today's minimal reptile display firmly in the shade.
  8. Tim May

    Tim May Well-Known Member 15+ year member Premium Member

    16 Nov 2008
    London, England
    Thanks for posting these lists, Andrew; very interesting.

    It is good to see somebody spelling "hyaena" correctly; the current trend of omitting the first 'a' and writing "hyena" irritates me.

    Do you have details, please,of what happened to the spotted hyaenas that were bred at Flamingo Land in the 1970s? i.e. were they sent to other zoos and, if so, where?
  9. Paradoxurus

    Paradoxurus Well-Known Member 15+ year member

    7 Oct 2007

    a couple of spotted hyaenas from Flamingoland went to Belfast in the mid 70s. Another ended up at Colchester much later on.
  10. Tim May

    Tim May Well-Known Member 15+ year member Premium Member

    16 Nov 2008
    London, England
    Thanks very much for this information; much appreciated.
  11. Parrotsandrew

    Parrotsandrew Well-Known Member

    25 Feb 2011
    Bridlington, UK
    Thank-you Tim, pleased you enjoyed them. Yes, I much prefer "hyaena", although I think the thing that annoys most where new spellings are concerned is that "mynah" has become "myna". I think it looks awful and I fail to see the point of it.

    I did not have any details regarding the hyaenas bred at Flamingo Land, so many thanks from me too to Paradoxurus for the information.

    I have just scanned a few pages from "The Animals of Flamingo Land", so I shall post those in the gallery.