Our Asian Adventure exhibit has had a very special delivery to complete ‘Pelican Lake’.
Just before the firebreak lockdown in Wales we took delivery of some very special residents for our ‘Pelican Lake’ enclosure at Asian Adventure and visitors to Folly Farm will be able to see them when we re-open this weekend. Four pink-backed pelicans have completed our beautiful Asian-themed lake. Elvis and Priscilla, an adult pair of pelicans at three years old have joined us from Wild Discovery near Blackpool, Hank has joined us from Zoo Duisberg in Germany and Rita has joined us from Zoo Boissiere in France. Hank and Rita, hatched earlier in 2020 and have already bonded since arriving at Folly Farm.
The pelicans have joined us as part of an EAZA EEP breeding programme for the species and we hope to produce babies in the coming years.
Pink-backed pelicans can grow to heights of 1.5m and can weigh up to 7kg! Their impressive beaks can reach 38cm in length and feeding time is a sight to behold. The pelicans are fed a mixed diet or roach and sprats. Their feathers are grey and white and are named after the tinge of pink they have on their backs. They are found throughout parts of Africa and Southern India.
Watch Rita at feeding time!