Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park was first recognized as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and was elevated to the status of a National Park in 1968.
The lake is surrounded by versatile geographical features which include Menengai crater in the north, the Bahati hills in the north east, the Lion hill ranges in the east, Eburu crater in the south and the Mau escarpment in the west.

There are over 300 resident species found in Lake Nakuru National Park and in the surrounding areas. Some of this species include Little grebes, white winged black terns, stilts, avocets, and ducks and in the European winter the migrant waders are frequently seen. The Park is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species, including huge flocks of flamingoes and many other water birds. The lake is also home to hippos, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, elands, endangered black rhinos, white rhinos and, one of the big five animals the leopards.

The brilliant pink flamingoes that can be found wading on the lake's edge feed on blue-green Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis, which is their main food source.

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