Baha Mar introduces chief flamingo officer
Furthering Baha Mar’s commitment to environmental conservation, the integrated resort destination announced arrivals of Caribbean flamingos and the introduction of Chief Flamingo Officer, Stacy Spurlock. The exotic birds are inhabiting the resort’s Flamingo Cay, as part of the Baha Mar Ecological Aquatic Conservation Habitat Sanctuary (BEACH Sanctuary), which will be led by Spurlock and Baha Mar’s Avian Specialists.
Prior to the arrival of the flamingos, Baha Mar launched a global search for a chief flamingo officer (CFO), who exuded a passion for wildlife and hospitality. After receiving several hundred applications from across the globe, Baha Mar welcomed Stacy Spurlock as CFO, who will lead the Flamingo Cay program. Spurlock spent 28 years at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida where she worked in the zoo department and developed a deep appreciation for the flamingo species. After witnessing the positive effects flamingos had on visitors, Spurlock created the Flamingo Parade at Busch Gardens, where visitors could interact with the birds on a more personal level. The Flamingo Parade was met with overwhelming recognition and implemented at other facilities across the United States.
“We are proud to introduce Stacy as chief flamingo officer and the opening of Flamingo Cay at Baha Mar,” said Graeme Davis, president, Baha Mar. “The role of chief flamingo officer is a unique position that requires a candidate who not only has a deep knowledge of flamingos, but also an immense passion for these beautiful animals. The flamingo is a national symbol of The Bahamas and a great conservation ambassador, but there is so much about the breed that is unknown. Stacy will be an integral asset to the team, helping Baha Mar’s guests and the local community to better understand the species and become inspired by our environmental efforts.”
In line with Baha Mar’s commitment to educate resort guests and the local community on conservation, the introduction of the chief flamingo officer and arrival of the flamingos, the national bird of The Bahamas offers the resort destination the unique opportunity to connect guests to nature through increased public awareness and appreciation for native Bahamian species and preservation.
Baha Mar has joined the Bahamas National Trust in its continuing efforts to foster the growth of the flamingo population and gain a more complete understanding of migration patterns and habitat use throughout The Bahamas. The Bahamas National Trust is the non-profit organization responsible for the management of the country’s national parks. It has dedicated significant resources to increase and protect the native flamingo population on the island of Inagua. With the Bahamas National Trust’s support, the flamingo population has grown from 5,000 to 60,000 since the 1950s.
Baha Mar’s Flamingo Cay is open for guests and the local community to observe and experience. The avian team offers daily educational talks and discussions surrounding flamingos, including their role in the ecosystem and natural environment of The Bahamas and the history of the wild flamingo population. With the addition of the flamingos, Baha Mar seeks to increase awareness of its conservation efforts, ultimately leading to greater appreciation for wildlife.