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Flamingo

Killing ground

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2011
Flamingos are dropping dead in one of their favourite breeding grounds on earth. In the saline flats of Gujarat the birds accidentally collide with or get electrocuted by high-tension cables and telephone lines that pass over their breeding grounds in the Rann of Kachchh. Residents and ornithologists say they witness mass deaths of the pink-feathered bird across the region every year. But the state forest department says it has reports of 139 flamingo deaths only this breeding season.

Update

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2007
The Tanzania government has put Tata Chemicals's soda ash plant around Lake Natron on hold. National Environmental Management Council (NEMC), the country's environmental watchdog, has recommended a new environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA). The recommendation came after NEMC called for a meeting between conservationists and Tata Chemicals to review the previous ESIA of the project. Conservationists have been alleging that a previous assessment by Norconsult had loopholes (see 'Bird hit', Down To Earth, September 30, 2007).

Proposed Tata plant in Tanzania threat to flamingo habitat

Author(s): Kirtiman Awasthi
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2007
Tata Chemicals is getting considerable stick from conservation groups and environmentalists in Africa over its plan to set up a soda ash facility jointly with the Tanzanian government. It is being feared that the venture, for which a memorandum of understanding has been signed, may drive the world's rarest bird--the lesser flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)--to extinction.

Sudden death

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2004
Alarmed by reports of abandoned flamingo chicks dying due to the severe heat, Gujarat's forest department rushed a team to the Rann of Kutch to conduct an inquiry. Almost 10,000 fledglings are faced with imminent death from starvation. Their parents have already fled the island due to lack of food. The right mix of sweet and brackish water in the Rann fosters zooplankton, algae and small fish that constitute the diet of these birds. A sudden increase in the salinity of the Rann waters has led to their death thus triggering this tragedy. So far, around 1000 flamingo chicks have died.

KENYA

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2001
Many flamingos were recently found dead on the shores of Lake Nakuru and Lake Bogoria in western Kenya. Researchers attribute their death to pollution. "We have identified several toxic metals present in their bodies," said Ramesh Thamphy, Rift Valley lakes specialist of the World Wide Fund for Nature ( wwf ).

Flamingone

Author(s): A Asha
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2001
At least 50,000 flamingos died in the East African region between 1993 and 1995, largely due to pollution, reports Panafrican News Agency. A number of metals have found their way into Lake Nakuru, Kenya, home to millions of flamingos, from chemical plants in the nearby Nakuru town. The presence of chromium, lead, copper, lithium, iron and mercury has adversely affected the aquatic life at the lake as well as other animal life. Lead and mercury, accumulated over a period of time, have affected both the kidney and the liver of animals, which depend on the lake for food.

KENYA

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2000
Environmentalists are concerned about reports that flamingoes living in Lake Bogoria in the Great Rift Valley are facing grave threats because of irresponsible dumping of untreated industrial effluents. Although about a million flamingoes live in this otherwise nearly dead lake, hundreds are dying because of this contamination. Carcasses of the birds were found carrying high levels of heavy metals mostly from industrial and pesticide runoffs.
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