Lake Elmentaita risks losing World Heritage Site status as power pylons endanger birds

What you need to know:

  • Lake Elmentaita was until two decades ago a haven lying in the shadows of its two famous siblings in the Great Rift Valley — the fresh water Lake Naivasha and the alkaline Nakuru.
  • Flouting the moratorium and cutting through the Ramsar-listed Lake Elmentaita are the towering pylons being erected by Kenya Electricity Transmission Company.

It is mid-morning on the salt-crusted shores of Lake Elmentaita. A flock of great white pelicans lifts off the islands in animated ribbons, circling higher and higher in the hot air thermals to fly to lakes Naivasha or Nakuru.

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