The Lesser Flamingos of the Soda Lake Bogoria, Kenya

14 Aug 2000 Lake Nakuru, Kenya, Africa

Xavier Escute Gasulla

In recent years the populations of Lesser Flamingo in Kenya's Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria have experienced several episodes of high mortality rates. This project investigates the birds' population dynamics and behaviour, comparing dry and wet season data.

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In recent years the populations of Lesser Flamingo in Kenya's Lakes Nakuru and Bogoria have experienced several episodes of high mortality rates. The scientific community does not know whether these can be considered as natural or exceptional events. If mortality rates continue at these levels, there will be a significant impact on such populations - the most important in this species.

The Lesser Flamingo is currently classified by IUCN as near-threatened. It is a species which depends on a very definite and fragile habitat - large alkaline and saline lakes, and estuaries. Changes in climate, industrial activity, or habitat have a serious impact on its breeding success rate. This project will focus on the birds of Lake Bogoria, investigating their population dynamics and behaviour, comparing dry and wet season data. If it appears that the high mortality rates may be occurring as a result of human impact, measures to mitigate such impacts will be proposed.

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