In late February 2008, Kenyas Lake Nakuru National Park suffered a majorblow when an accidental fire scorched a large section of the relatively small(188-square- kilometer) park. Located in central Kenya, the park is most famousfor the flocks of flamingoes that congregate to graze on the cyanobacteria thatthrive in the shallow, alkaline lake. But the surrounding marshes, woodlands,and savanna also provide habitat for some of Afrcas famous large mammals,including white and black rhinoceroses, leopards, giraffes and lions.
The image below from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and ReflectionRadiometer (ASTER) on NASAs Terra satellite shows the large burn scar left by the February fire. The burned areais the large charcoal-colored patch to the east-southeast of the lake. The lossof such a large area of vegetation, which provides both food and shelter, isbound to pose problems for the parks wildlife. The remaining dense vegetationappears in patches of green, while sparsely vegetated areas appear tan. The cityof Nakuru appears northwest of the lake.