Flamingo | Tattoo Ideas & Inspiration - Animals | The flamingo is a tropical animal often considered a symbol of Florida. In ancient Egypt, flamingos were symbols of the sun. Egyptians believed that flamingos represented the sun god Ra. Flamingos are social, caring, loving, and family-oriented animals, and can therefore be used to represent things like family and protection. Other symbolism attached to the flamingo is charm, balance, and new experiences.