Southern Africa: The Call of the Flamingo Feather

  • Lothar Krienitz


In southern Africa, the Lesser Flamingo seeks its livelihood on the vast salt pans of the inland, the coastal tidal mudflats, and the small salt ponds of the rugged deserts and semideserts. It shows breeding activities in the embers of the Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana) and the Etosha Pan (Namibia). The breeding successes are not high enough to ensure the survival of the Lesser Flamingo. This is why thought has been given to the creation of artificial breeding grounds here, which culminated in an original and successful experiment at Kamfers Dam, Kimberley, South Africa. In this city, which owes its development to the diamond industry, the motif of “Pink Diamonds” in its hopeful vision for bird conservationists from all over the world culminates in the survival struggle of the Lesser Flamingo in man-dominated natural spaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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