Flamingos and parrots coming to Magnetic Hill Zoo this summer

Visitors to the Magnetic Hill Zoo will see some pink and blue this summer.

"We're going to have a flamboyance of flamingos, and we're going to have a pair of the largest parrots in the world," zoo manager Bruce Dougan told CBC's Information Morning Moncton.

"One is the most vibrant pink you'll ever see, and the other is a very, very vibrant blue."

Dougan is hoping to build on a record 2016 year for the zoo, when 189,000 people visited, bolstered by an animal "baby boom" that included three new tiger cubs.

The zoo is getting an early start this year, opening on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in March.

Dougan said there are advantages to going to the zoo in the winter.

"A lot of the North American animals of course will be out, as will a lot of the big cats," he said. "With the cooler temperatures, they tend to be more active. During the afternoon in the summertime when it's the hottest, they tend to be the least active," he said.

However, winter poses challenges for zoo staff.

"We have to get in there and snowblow all around the perimeter fence so that those drifts don't make that fence a lot shorter than it's supposed to be," he said about the space where the tigers live.

The zoo will open for the season on April 1.