We know that there are many places in the world with extreme habitat which sometimes look quite harmless and friendly, but it is hardly possible to say something similar about Lake Natron. Trying to describe it in lively colors, soon only such epithets come to mind as an alien, bloody and lifeless, that is partly true. But as they say, all depends on the perspective. Conversely, for someone this place gives a chance of survival.
It is here that one of the largest colonies of pink flamingos equips their nests on small salt islands, without fear to be disturbed by predators. One of the distinguishing features of these birds which allowed them to survive as a specie and increase their population, is that they gather only in the most remote places: until 1950 bird watchers did not even know about the existence of colonies of flamingos.
When seeking for the photos of Lake Natron, very often you can find images of petrifaction of birds which had been mummified in these nature conditions. These works belong to the photograph named Nick Brandt, whose activity is dedicated to the shooting of the wild nature of the East Africa. Surely, these scenes were posed, birds were sit down on branches to make beautiful photos. You will not see the same at Natron. The same is for the pictures of the red lake which spots can be seen from a bird's-eye view.
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However, scientist have proved that zebras are black with white stripes. They use stripes as a camouflage which make difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd. Indeed, that is why zebras live in herds. They escape from predators, make the speed up to 65 km/h on the zigzag trajectory that make them rather difficult prey. Each animal's stripes are as unique as fingerprints, due to that, calf may also recognize its mother. Zebras are very social animals. All calves are very related to their mothers, and growing up, males become closer to fathers.
It is a really gorgeous bird which lives in numerous alkaline lakes that have appeared because of volcanic activity in the Great Rift Valley. During all year the colonies of pink flamingos migrate from one lake to another. So, they fly to Lake Manyara mostly between June – September period. As a location they choose the mud flats where crustaceans live. They are their main diet without which these birds have grey-white color. Young grey flamingos will turn pink with age, in a year, because of the pigment carotene that is contained in the food.
The ostrich is the largest and fastest bird in the world, as well as the bird carrying the largest eggs. Imagine that the size of an omelet from an ostrich egg is the same as that of 25 chicken eggs. Contrary to popular myth, ostriches do not hide their head in the sand, but only bend it in case of danger. Ironically, the Romans, people who have never seen this animal, developed this myth. They also presumed that ostriches are very timid. For the largest bird in the world - this statement is rather doubtful.
This is the tallest living terrestrial animal, even a newborn giraffe calf is taller than man. Their life is relatively calm, but despite the fact that the rare predator dares to attack a giraffe, they sleep only between 10 minutes to 2 hours per day. Males fight rarely, only when it is necessary to prove the superiority of the female or recapture the territory. But these fights usually do not last long, only a couple of minutes, without bloodshed. Giraffe tights its long black tongue (for prevention of sunburns) around the branch of acacia or another juicy tree, thoroughly chewing before to swallow it. Now imagine how rough its tongue is to eat thorns up to a size of 5 cm! These are amazing African animals with indefinitely long lashes.