This bird prefers to live in lakes, large inland marshlands and wetlands. In the wild there are two distinct populations of Dalmatian pelicans; one breeds in central Asia and Russia, while the other breeds in eastern Europe.
Dalmatian pelicans are carnivores, mainly eating fish but also amphibians, small reptiles, and aquatic crustaceans.
The most serious threats to the Dalmatian pelican are habitat degradation from water pollution and overfishing (reducing their main food source).
The total wild population size is thought to be no more than 14,000 individuals, and the species is legally protected in Greece, Turkey and Romania. Our pelicans are involved in the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species and we hope to successfully breed them in the coming years.