Flamingos at SeaWorld San Diego


There are six species of flamingos that live in tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The Caribbean flamingo is one of the largest and most brightly colored flamingo species. Like all flamingos, they feed with their bills upside-down. They tip their head into the water and filter feed, using special adaptations in the top half of their bill, to gather the microorganisms that make up their diet. Flamingos are not born with their beautiful pink plumage. Their color comes from the carotenoid pigments they consume as part of their diet. Some scientists believe that a flamingo's success in breeding relies on its bright color.


In January of 2019, nearly 2,000 Lesser flamingos were rescued from the Kamfers Dam in South Africa. SeaWorld aviculturists traveled to South Africa to help in the rescue efforts, where they spent 3 weeks helping care for and feed hundreds of flamingo chicks. 


Get Even Closer With An Animal Encounter

  • Flamingo Encounter


    Want to mingle with our flamingos? Come face-to-feather with these beautiful birds as you step inside their habitat and join us for this exclusive keeper-led animal encounter.

    • Checkbox Selected Icon A personal session with an Aviculturist as they share unique facts and personal stories about the lives of our flamingos
    • Checkbox Selected Icon Due to the health and welfare of the animals, strollers, electric wheelchairs, and service animals are not permitted inside the Flamingo exhibit during the program
    For the safety of our guests, Ambassadors, and our animals, SeaWorld San Diego has taken extra steps to provide the safest possible experience:
    • All guests unvaccinated for COVID19 must wear a face covering during this tour. 
    • No loose jewelry, sunglasses or smoking is permitted during the program. 
    • Due to the health and welfare of the animals, strollers, electric wheelchairs, and service animals are not permitted inside the Flamingo exhibit during the program.

    Reservation includes the Flamingo Encounter program on day and time of your reservation only. Park admission is not included with your program reservation but is required. Due to the special nature of this program, space is limited and early reservations are recommended. Overall program lasts 20 minutes and is subject to change. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Dates, program, prices and event offerings are subject to change without notice. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation due to animal availability. Events are not cancelled due to inclement weather; programs will still be offered except in the event of lightning. Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before your reservation will result in a full refund; cancellations within 48 hours of your reservation will not be refunded. Cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts. Non-replaceable, non-transferable, not for resale and cannot be redeemed for cash. Void if altered and photocopies will not be accepted. Pass Member discount is available when booking through the Pass Member website.
    Prices starting at
    Guest (Ages 3+) $19.00 /ea.