Kamfers Dam, a large wetland near Kimberly, supports the largest population of Lesser Flamingos in southern Africa, with at times up to an estimated 60 000 individuals (comprising more than 50% of the southern African population).
The vital wetland, one of only four areas in Africa where the "Near-Threatened" Flamingos have bred is under serious threat, with poorly treated sewerage flowing into the water system, and a large housing development proposed nearby.
Save the Flamingo, a non-profit organisation, has positive solutions for the problems facing Kamfers Dam, but needs supporters from around the world to help persuade the local authorities to take the threats facing this precious waterbody seriously. Without urgent action the dam could become a polluted cesspool devoid of birdlife, and a hazard to the people of Kimberley.
The site is the only breeding ground for Lesser Flamingos in South Africa, and is not only a vital ecosystem for the birds but an important economic opportunity for local residents as well, who benefit from ecotourism to the area.
Save the Flamingo is in need of financial support to continue their campaign of protecting these threatened, beautiful birds.
To support the group and for more information visit www.savetheflamingo.co.za
or visit their facebook page here