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Greater Flamingos

Price: £569.25 (including 15 % tax)

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Lake Nakuru has a surface area of 17 square miles (44 km2) and takes up one-third of the national park of the same name that was created in 1968. It shelters nearly 400 bird species, including the lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), of which 1.4 million have been counted on the site. Like the other alkaline lakes scattered along the Rift Valley, its location on a rocky volcanic substrate, weak flow, intense evaporation, and average depth of 40 inches (1 m) give it a high soda content. These briny waters are favorable to the formation of blue-green algae, microorganisms, and small crustaceans, which provide the staple diet of flamingos. However, deforestation in the region, chemical products used in river farming and the water runoff from the nearby city of Nakuru have gradually polluted the lake waters, to the detriment of the local wildlife and people. Since 1990 Lake Nakuru has been classified as a Wetland of International Importance.

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