AGRICULTURAL NEWS - The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the initiative by the public and various organisations to assist in the rescue of lesser flamingo chicks from the Kamfers Dam in Kimberley, Fourways Review reports.
Friends of Free Wildlife assisted in the rescue of over 900 flamingos from Kamfers Dam in Kimberley due to the drought affecting water levels.
The department has supported the initiative to save the flamingos, insisting that the coordinated rescue and the release of the birds back into the wild is led by experts that are familiar with the species in captivity as well as the behaviour of the birds in the wild.
The lesser flamingo is classified as a threatened species in terms of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) International Single Species Action Plan.
The birds were bred for the first time at an artificial breeding site at Kamfers Dam in 2008. It still needs to be determined whether this will become a regular breeding site.
The biggest threats for the lesser flamingo are the loss and or the degradation of its specialised habitat through altered hydrology and water quality, wetland pollution, extraction of salt and soda ash, especially at breeding sites, and the disruption of its few breeding colonies by other human activities.
The Department of Environment has now confirmed that they will be working with other departments within government to ensure that the habitat of these birds is not destroyed by human action.