The park’s ground water forests, bush plains, baobob-strewn cliffs and algae-streaked hot springs offer incredible ecological variety in a small area. Lake Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions make the ancient mahogany and elegant acacias their home during the rainy season and are a well-known but rather rare feature of the northern park. In addition to the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. Other animals include elephants, hippo and plains animals, as well as a huge variety of birdlife, both resident and migratory. At certain times of year, Lake Manyara feeds thousands of flamingos, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lakeshore. The 400 or so species of bird found here also include ostrich, egrets, herons, pelicans and storks. Also seen are African spoonbills, various species of ibis, ducks and the rare pygmy goose.