Why flamingoes are disappearing from Lake Nakuru

[Kenya] The number of flamingoes is declining at a high rate and if something is not done to curb the trend, Lake Nakuru may lose is allure as a tourist attraction site.

This was revealed by Mary Kiige a member of the Friends of Lake Nakuru as she left Nakuru town for a bird mapping event that was held at Pelican lodge.

“I hope I will get to see some flamingoes in Lake Elemeintaita. It’s sad how the number of flamingoes is declining and if something is not done, Nakuru may not attract bird watching tourists in the future,” lamented Mary.

When asked to explain why the pink birds were disappearing from Lake Nakuru, Mary explained that the rising levels of water in the lake had reduced alkalinity in the Lake which is ideal for algae to grow.

“The flamingoes feed on algae which are in plenty when the water has more alkaline. When water level rises, the alkalinity is lowered and there is less food for the birds,” explained Mary adding that the birds usually migrate to Lake Bogoria or Lake Norton in Tanzania to breed.

Peter Mwangi, a student at Egerton University has on his part attributed the disappearance of the flamingoes from Lake Nakuru to pollution.

“Extreme pollution has also contributed by raising the pH of the water. This makes it hard for algae to propagate and this means no food for large numbers of flamingoes. This is why they are disappearing from the lake,” said Mwangi.


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