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East Africa: Hub of the Unresting Lesser Flamingo

  • Lothar Krienitz
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Abstract

East Africa is the heartland of the Lesser Flamingo. Here this bird is constantly on the move, looking for food and breeding grounds. At Lake Natron, it brings the majority of its descendants to the world. In the soda and crater lakes of the Great Rift Valley, it finds the densest populations of its algal food. However, due to climatic influences and overuse by humans, the habitat of the Lesser Flamingo is undergoing a dramatic change that threatens the future of this charismatic bird. During the period 2001–2015, we examined the most important flamingo waters and documented the tense relationships between man and nature. The Lesser Flamingo is a focal point in man’s handling of his natural wealth in this vibrant region of Africa, whose population is growing at a rate of 2–3% per year.

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  • Lothar Krienitz
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  1. 1.Department of Experimental LimnologyLeibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesStechlinGermany

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