[Press and Public Relations] Anonymous Donation Ensures Bright Future For Flamingos



October 2001

No 155

Conservation research by a team from the University of Leicester under the auspices of the Earthwatch Institute has received two recent donations to enable work to continue and expand.

When Dr David Harper and his colleagues from the University of Leicester Biology Department arrived at Lake Bogoria in Kenya in 1999 to investigate the mystery deaths of 50,000 flamingos their work hit the headlines across the world.

Dr Harper regularly returns to Lake Bogoria and Lake Naivasha, also in Kenya, with support from the Earthwatch Institute, an international environmental charity with a unique strategy for solving environmental problems. His research surrounding Lake Naivasha resulted in the declaration of the lake as a RAMSAR site, an international convention which recognises a wetland’s global importance to wildlife conservation. Lake Bogoria itself has become Kenya’s third such site, in contrast with the UK which has 40.

Now an anonymous donation of £8,000 under the Gift Aid scheme has enabled the Leicester team to purchase a new set of safari tents , enabling them to work in comfort without spending valuable research funding on hotels and guest houses.

This follows hot on the heels of a donation by Shell International of a mobile research laboratory, which Shell and Dr Harper have filled with surplus scientific equipment so the total is worth over £100,000 million. “All we have to do now,” said a delighted David Harper, “is get it to Kenya.. Suddenly the future looks bright for flamingos in Africa.”

Note to editors: Further information is available from Dr David Harper, University of Leicester Department of Biology, telephone 0116 252 3344, mobile 07779 622 082 facsimile 0116 252 3330, email dmh@leicester.ac.uk or dmh@knighton.u-net.com


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