Abundance of algae assures flamingoes return to Lake Nakuru

NAKURU (Xinhua) — Kenya’s Lake Nakuru, about 163 km northwest of the capital Nairobi, is once again glimmering with glares of flamingoes returning from their temporary home in the neighboring lakes.

Mid last year, thousands of flamingoes fled away from the lake, which hosts the Lake Nakuru National Park, to Lake Bogoria in the Rift Valley province and Lake Natron in northern Tanzania due to lack of food.

Increasing water levels had resulted to the diminishing of the algae, the feed that the birds survive on.

“The flamingoes are returning in large numbers since algae are now available as the water levels have receded,” Nakuru National Park’s senior Warden Dickson Ritan said.

So far, he said, the water lines have receded by 20 centimeters away from the banks, creating a favorable environment flourishing of the algae.

Despite the decline in the number of visitors last year following the scandals of repulsive travel advisories, the officer expected an increase beginning March this year, normally the warm- up till the peak season in August.

“In three months, we expect a rise in the number of International tourists visiting here.

There is a lot to enjoy in the Lake Nakuru National Park,” said Ritan.

The park is also one of the two premium parks in the East African nation with a host of the endangered rhino species.


Photo: Flamingos at the Lake Nakuru National Park, located about 140km north-west of Nairobi, in the Rift Valley region. The park has over 400 species of birds, with flamingos being the major attraction to tourists. XINHUA PHOTO – LIU JIANG

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