Flamingoes are social animals. Bright and cheerful, innocent and family orientated. The flamingo signifies balance, resourcefulness and teamwork. Flamingoes are symbolic of flirtation and fun, yet as parents, both sexes help look after the young. I think the most amazing thing about flamingoes is some, like the lesser flamingo in Tanzania, live near salt lakes. Most animals and plants avoid these lakes as they are potentially lethal. Many animals fall in the water only to die and become calcified. Flamingoes eat the algae in the water, which is what gives them their pink colouring. They survive in situations where most cant, and they look beautiful while doing it!