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A photographic census of flamingos in the Rift Valley lakes of Tanzania

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An aerial photographic census of flamingos (Phoenicopterus minor and P. ruber) was conducted on 20 July 1994 on nine lakes in Tanzania: Lakes Natron, Manyara, Magadi (Ngorongoro), Burungi, Embagai, Eyasi, Lagarja, Masek, and Ambussel. This census, conducted concurrently with a survey in Kenya, documented the numbers and distribution of flamingos in the Rift Valley Lakes of East Africa. The total population size of flamingos in the Tanzanian lakes surveyed was |mF907,000. The largest concentrations in Tanzania were found in Lake Natron and Embagai Crater Lake. Although flamingos are known to breed in Lake Natron, no evidence of breeding was observed during the survey. The total estimate for the southern Kenya and northern Tanzania Rift Valley was |mF2ยท8 million. Trends in flamingo populations, survey methodology, and future monitoring needs are discussed.
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Keywords: Phoenicopterus minor; Phoenicopterus ruber; aerial census

Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Tanzania Wildlife Conservation Monitoring, Frankfurt Zoological Society, P.O. Box 3134, Arusha, Tanzania

Publication date: December 1, 1997

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