Rare Animals Flee Fires in Kenya Park

Animals Flee Fires in Kenya Park (Africa Photos)
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In an undated photo taken in more tranquil times, lesser flamingos and great white pelicans graze in an alkaline lake at Kenya's Lake Nakuru National Park. Fires devastated about a third of the park in late February 2008.

A bird-watcher's paradise, the park is home to hundreds of avian species. Among its biggest attractions are the hundreds of thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that throng vast Lake Nakaru itself, which accounts for about a quarter of the park's area.

At the time of the national park's dedication in 1961, the lake's shores were roughly the park's borders. Since then the park has been expanded outward to include buffer zones for its wildlife. Nakuru, however, remains under threat from local agricultural activities and pollution that streams in from nearby towns.

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—Photograph by John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk/NGS
 
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