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LAKE NATRON

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Area (SqKm):850
Altitude (m):610
# Species*:127
# Excl Vagrants*:127
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:6
Species/100 SqKm*:14.9
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Alkaline lake, Acacia bushland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Lake Natron is a shallow lake in extreme northern Tanzania near the Kenya border. At its maximum the lake covers about 850 SqKm while having a maximum depth of only 50 cm (less than 2 ft). The size of the lake varies substantially between rainy and dry seasons. It's the nesting site of three-fourths of the world's population of Lesser Flamingos. Recent plans to build a chemical plant on the lake seriously threatens the future viability of this population. The surrounding land receives irregular rainfall and is quite dry bush dominated by Acacia thorn trees. The basin is inhabitated by Masai herders with their cattle and is sparsely populated.

LOCATION OF SITE

Lake Natron is located in extreme northern Tanzania near the border with Kenya. It's about 4 hours drive from Lake Manyara and 6 hours from Arusha.