Think Pink - Photos and quotes
For those supporting BirdLife's Think Pink campaign involved in the media, we have provided quotes and free photos here that are available for use in promoting this BirdLife campaign.
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Please use the specified credit for these images at all times. We would like to acknowledge the support of James Warwick -www.JamesWarwick.co.uk- in authorising the use of many of these images.
“Lake Natron’s vast flocks of shimmering pink flamingos are one of the world’s greatest wildlife attractions. These spectacular birds deserve the strongest protection we can offer them. Any threat to their future would not only be an ecological disaster, it would deal a huge blow to tourism in East Africa which helps ensure the survival of the region’s spectacular wildlife and wild places.” —Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist and Broadcaster
“Africa is making great strides towards conserving its immense biodiversity and Tanzania must think clearly of what this decision on Lake Natron will say of its environmental credentials. This is a clear opportunity for the Tanzanian government to continue showing moral and environmental responsibility in Africa by taking a decision not to proceed with the soda ash development.” —Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson, Head of BirdLife’s Africa Division
“Lake Natron secures a way of life for nomadic communities and the flamingos produce a thriving tourist economy. To jeopardize Africa's "flamingo factory" for an ill-considered development would be economic, and moral, suicide.” —Ato Mengistu Wondafrash, Chairman of the Council of the African Partnership
“It is important that whatever decisions are made do not jeopardise the survival of the Lesser Flamingo, a key component of the tourist experience in East African national parks” —Lota Melamari, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania
"This could be the beginning of the end for the lesser flamingo. Millions of people have enjoyed the spectacle of flocks of flamingos in Tanzania and Kenya and all of that is now in jeopardy. The consultants' report looks as if it will considerably underestimate the harm the soda ash development will do. An international group of some 20 East African conservation organizations called the Lake Natron Consultative Group has therefore been formed to highlight the threats and try to combat the development by putting pressure on the Tanzanian government and TATA Chemicals" —Dr Chris Magin, RSPB
“Lake Natron is a truly extraordinary place in a beautiful and unspoilt landscape, steeped in Masai culture and absolutely invaluable to wildlife. The loss of lesser flamingos could seriously harm tourism in the region and mean people losing their jobs, their land and the natural resources that belong only to Africa" —Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the RSPB
"Over 75% of the species’ global population occurs in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. There appears to be very little interchange between this large sub-population and other smaller Lesser Flamingo regional populations.The East African sub-population has bred only on Lake Natron for the past 45 years, effectively making Lake Natron the only breeding site for over 75% of the global population" —Dr. Brooks Childress, Chair of the IUCN-SSC (Species Survival Commission)