Two more ponds would also be built, according to BirdLife South Africa’s Mark Anderson. There is almost no water left in the dam, and previously about 2500 chicks had to be relocated. Some flamingos were also being rehabilitated at the SA National Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) and World of Birds in Cape Town. Climate change and the drought caused the water in the dam to evaporate.
Anderson said the chicks and other adult flamingos would be conserved on the site, and that the 5250 chicks would not be captured and taken to other facilities.
“We will conserve them (on site), including the construction of two ponds which will be permanently inundated.
“If necessary, supplementary food will be provided for the flamingos.