Sunday, May 20, 2018
Human Interest

Wanted, a flock of flamingos for Sunken Gardens

ST. PETERSBURG — A once vibrant, pink flock at Sunken Gardens is getting some help from young minds at a local elementary school.

About 54 students who made the principal's list at Sawgrass Lake Elementary visited with Chilean flamingos at Sunken Gardens on Tuesday.

The students took notes so they could later brainstorm ideas for ways that a flock of flamingos could be reintroduced to the attraction, said Sawgrass principal Jean Charles Marks. According to Sunken Gardens supervisor Bill O'Grady, there were once 17 Chilean flamingos at the gardens, obtained in 1956 when they were about a year old.

The population has declined over the years. "They (the last two) are approaching their expiration date," O'Grady said.

Marks said, "I really think it's important for St. Petersburg kids to know about and cherish organizations that are part of their heritage. A place like this (Sunken Gardens) sets it apart from other cities."

 
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