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The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat in Las Vegas Offers Free Admission

Updated on July 21, 2017
The Flamingo Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source
The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source

The last thing one might expect to see in the middle of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada is a wildlife habitat complete with a variety of birds, turtles, fish and palm trees creating a peaceful oasis in the "city of sin," as Las Vegas is often known.

But the Flamingo, a classic hotel in the middle of Las Vegas has created just such a place. And admission to this peaceful attraction is totally free.







The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

I discovered the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat on a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago when I had a few days on my own, but not a lot of money to spend, and I didn't want to gamble. I found The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat listed in an article online about free things to do in Las Vegas. I took a bus up to the Las Vegas strip and walked to the Flamingo Hotel. There is a sign posted outside the front of the hotel pointing the way to the wildlife habitat. I went inside and followed the signs through the casino and out to a back door. There were windows on the backside of the hotel so I could actually see the habitat before I reached it. Once outside the glass doors, you are transported to the world beyond heavy traffic and crowded sidewalks of Las Vegas, to a beautiful oasis of palm trees, grass, and ponds.

To the left, as you walk out the door, there is an area with beautiful pink flamingos, and to the right, there is a pond with a variety of birds and turtles. At this area on the right, workers feed the pelicans twice a day at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm and the public is invited to watch.

Feeding the pelicans at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Feeding the pelicans at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat | Source

Bugsy Siegel

The Flamingo Hotel was first opened in 1946 by Bugsy Siegel and was famous for quite awhile as being a luxury hotel in the desert of Nevada. But according to the brochure available for tourists, the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat didn't open until 1995.

A wooden bridge leads to another wildlife area which includes a man-made cliff with a waterfall emptying into a pond with fish, and walkways which lead to a wedding chapel and a statue of Bugsy Malone, the founder of the Flamingo, a well known historic hotel in Las Vegas.


The waterfall area at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
The waterfall area at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. | Source
Black Swan at the Flamingo Wildife Habitat, Las Vegas.
Black Swan at the Flamingo Wildife Habitat, Las Vegas. | Source
Statue of Bugsy Siegel at the Flamingo Hotel in La Vegas.
Statue of Bugsy Siegel at the Flamingo Hotel in La Vegas. | Source

It currently provides a home for over 60 birds, over 300 fish, and 20 turtles. The following is a list of the different varieties of wildlife one can find at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat:

Birds:


  • Australian Black Swan
  • California Brown Pelican
  • Chilean Flamingo
  • Common Shoveler
  • European ShelDuck
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Mandarin Duck
  • Northern Cinnamon Teal
  • Radjah Shelduck
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Ringed Teal
  • Sacred Ibis
  • White Faced Whistling Duck
  • Wood Duck


Fish:


  • Albino Channel Catfish
  • Chub Minnows
  • Grass Carp
  • Japanese Koi
  • White Sturgeon


There are also water turtles and crayfish in the Habitat.

Wild visitors pop in from time to time and may include Great-Tailed Grackles, House Sparrows, Hummingbirds, Mallard Ducks, and Sparrow Hawks.


Coi fish
Coi fish | Source
Turtles at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (with the Flamingo Hotel in the reflection of the water)
Turtles at the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat (with the Flamingo Hotel in the reflection of the water) | Source

If you are looking for free things to do in Las Vegas, a visit to the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is a wonderful experience. It's a calming place for adults to relax in and a fun place for children to learn about and observe wildlife in its natural habitat.

The Flamingo Hotel and Wildlife Habitat is located on the Las Vegas Strip, on the corners of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The Flamingo is located between the Linq and the High Roller hotels and is four miles from downtown Las Vegas.

If you are interested in more about the history of Las Vegas this book is chock-full of interesting information

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      Mary Wickison 3 weeks ago from Brazil

      You're right, I wouldn't have believed that was in Las Vegas. I think that is commendable to have it at the hotel/casino. I wonder how many people go there and see it. I imagine it is a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the casinos.

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      Karen Hellier 2 weeks ago from Georgia

      Mary Wickison,

      My guess is that most of the people that go there are only guests of the Flamingo, or people who get married in the wedding chapel there. It's too bad because it's beautiful there and FREE! Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I haven't been to Las Vegas since I was thirteen. Me and crowds just do not mix, but it was interesting reading this article. :)

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      Karen Hellier 2 weeks ago from Georgia

      Bill Holland

      Well, if you ever find yourself in Las Vegas again and need to get away from the crowds, head to the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. There aren't any crowds and it's relaxing!

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