Kenyan minister says famous flamingo park is ‘dead’

Kenya’s tourism minister Najib Balala has warned that a park known worldwide for its flamingos and other wildlife is fast losing its glory, as its lake becomes polluted with raw sewerage, privately-owned newspaper Daily Nation reports.

He said the numbers of the tall and pink wading birds, and wild animals like lions, were falling at Lake Nakuru National Park, located north-west of the capital Nairobi.

“To me, Lake Nakuru National Park is as good as dead,” Mr Balala was quoted by the Daily Nation as saying.

“It is very sad. A number of trees have also withered,” he added.

The paper says the minister described his game drive as “a major disappointment” after he travelled for several miles without spotting any of the “Big Five” – the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo.

The minister said the government would allocate $3m (£2.2m) to build an artificial waterfalls to boost tourism.

He urged the Nakuru county government to prevent the flow of sewage into the lake.

“The park has been famous for its high number of flamingos but many of them have relocated to other places,” Mr Balala added.