Flamingos

Flamingos are clearly discernible  with their reddish color, strongly hooked bills, long legs and  necks. Their unique color is caused by their food. The carotenoids contained in the algae and small crustaceans make their plumage pink or orange.

Different kinds of flamingos inhabit South Europe, Africa, South-West-Asia as well as North, Middle and South America. There are even some small groups of flamingos living in Central Europe. It is assumed that there origin are escapees from captivity.

flamingos
flamingos

This is the a part of a series about the “Tierpark Berlin” (animal park in berlin). Each episode will present a animal, which you can observe there.

African Elephant

Apart from Asian elephants there are also African elephants in the Berlin Tierpark. Here are the characteristics of the African elephants in comparison to the Asian elephant.

Ears large
Toes 3-4
Visible tusks both sexes
Forehead middle hump
Back straight
Trunk two fingers
Size 3-4m
Habitat all areas without deserts
Weight at birth 115-120 kg
Expectation of life 50-70 years

This is the a part of a series about the “Tierpark Berlin” (animal park in berlin). Each episode will present a animal, which you can observe there.

Asian Elephant

Apart from African elephants there are also Asian elephants in the Berlin Tierpark. Here are the characteristics of the Asian elephants in comparison to the African elephant.

Ears small
Toes 4-5
Visible tusks only men
Forehead bulges
Back round
Trunk one fingers
Size 2.5-3m
Habitat rain forest
Weight at birth 105-110 kg
Expectation of life 40 years

 

This is the a part of a series about the “Tierpark Berlin” (animal park in berlin). Each episode will present a animal, which you can observe there.

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