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Rapid response turns shrinking Kenyan lake into protected area

Date posted: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kenyan Government to grant formal protection to Lake Ol Bolossat.

The lake is a key habitat for Endangered birds such as the Grey Crowned-crane © Fabian Haas

Lake Ol Bolossat is a small lake in the Nyandarua County of central Kenya. It lies nestled between the northwestern slopes of Aberdare Mountains and the Dundori Ridge, and serves as the source of the Ewaso Nyiro River and Thomson’s falls.  The open water, marshes, grassland and forests – not to mention the springs that feed the lake – offer a great variety of habitats. This lake is home to several families of hippopotamus and serves as a vital stop-over site for migrating birds such as the beautiful – but Endangered – Grey Crowned-crane Balearica regulorum. Designated as Kenya’s 61st Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), the lake is known to hold important water bird species. As a source of the Ewaso Nyiro River, it also supports the large population of people, livestock and wildlife that live downstream. Read more on this significant event here.

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