Why the flamingos are moving to Amboseli

Happy Lesser flamingos in Amboseli National Park.  Photo | Denis Bouillon. 

What you need to know:

  • A year ago, we saw not a single flamingo in Amboseli
  • Then suddenly the gregarious bird on a night flight ‘discovered’ the new water bodies in Amboseli

It’s a new dawn with climate change and Amboseli’s got a fresh look with flamingos everywhere under the gaze of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak. The ubiquitous dust pans and spiralling dust devils are absent. Instead it’s lush and green with water shimmering in the distance. Amboseli – derived from the Maa word ‘empusel’ for ‘salty dusty place’ – looks very different with the phenomenal rains.


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