Fire in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park

Firein Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park

6 March 2008

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Kenya — In late February 2008, Kenya’s Lake Nakuru National Park suffereda major blow when an accidental fire scorched a large section of the relativelysmall (188-square- kilometer) park. Located in central Kenya, the park is mostfamous for the flocks of flamingoes that congregate to graze on thecyanobacteria that thrive in the shallow, alkaline lake. But the surroundingmarshes, woodlands, and savanna also provide habitat for some of Afrca’sfamous large mammals, including white and black rhinoceroses, leopards, giraffesand lions.

(Image Acquired:  March 06, 2008, Earth observatory)

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