Flamingos and Humans
Relation Between Flamingos and Humans
Humans don’t seem to have a problem with Flamingos, but they also don’t tend to think twice before destroying the natural habitat of these animals. Yet in order to improve their own environment they take it away from such animals. For example many roads and even major highways are developed through what was once a natural habitat for the Flamingos.
It is common to mine the environment for variety of elements including Boron, Lithium, Potassium, and Nitrates. All of these items though tend to be found in natural locations that are home to the Flamingo. As a result their environment has been upset and destroyed so that humans can benefit from the many items in our society that contain these elements.
It may surprise you to discover that in some parts of the world it is considered a delicacy to consume the tongue of Flamingos. Rome is the most known region for this type of eating to take place. Consuming their eggs is also common in some areas so the young are killed before they even hatch.
The killing of Flamingos to simply clear out the area for something else isn’t as accepted as it used to be. Even if you buy the land where such animals live, you don’t just have the freedom to do what you want with that. The rules, laws, and even ethical considerations certainly do end up creating some controversial issues out there. With both sides of the issue though there is plenty of debating going on about it. Finding a good balance can be hard though as many don’t see the Flamingo as important enough to protect.
Not everyone out there though is taking advantage of the Flamingos though. Many conservation efforts out there work to help them survive. One of the main ways that they do this is by educating people about the needs of the Flamingos. This way people will be less likely to engage in behaviors that are detrimental to them. In the past people may have done so without realizing the repercussions of their efforts.
Conservation groups also put a great deal of pressure on political laws and even regulations for construction to be done. On many occasions the desire to plow through the natural habitat of the Flamingo to make a road or for other desires of humans have been denied thanks to the information provided by such conservation groups.
There are many volunteers out there that work to get injured Flamingos the help that they need. Many of these programs try to return them to the wild if possible. However, if that can’t be done then a good home in captivity for them will be found so that they don’t die. Strict rules for keeping Flamingos in place are also the result of humans taking an interest in them.
For example the wings of the Flamingos aren’t clipped when they are at a zoo. Instead they tend to form large colonies that allow them to freely roam. Of course some of them do escape from the zoo setting but this rarely happens. They don’t have the need to fly away or to escape when they have all the food that they need in that contained environment.
Another way that humans have helped the Flamingos is due to increased salt production. Thanks to humans being active in the Bahamas and Great Inagua to name a few places there are additional habitats where Flamingos have all they need for survival. This has also helped to both stabilize the water and to bring new sources of food to the area.