Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
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 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 on 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 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.
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 the last two times I visited The Flamingo Hotel's Wildlife Habitat, I saw wedding couples who had just gotten married! It's quite a romantic place.
Near the wedding chapel, there is a statue of Bugsy Malone, the founder of the Flamingo, a well known historic hotel in Las Vegas.
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:
- 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
- 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.
Here's a video of the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat in Las Vegas so you can see how pretty it is...
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 and romantic 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.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat Poll
© 2017 Karen Hellier
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on February 08, 2018:
You may not have even known it was there. It is not very well publicized.
Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 08, 2018:
I love the wildlife so colorful and intriguing they make our word so vibrant and a lot happier
Dianna Mendez on August 13, 2017:
I remember walking through this hotel when I was in Vegas years ago. I only wish I would have visited this wildlife habitat as part of our adventures.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 08, 2017:
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!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2017:
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. :)
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on July 04, 2017:
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.
Mary Wickison from Brazil on July 02, 2017:
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.