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Nakuru (näkōˈrō) [key], city (1989 est. pop. 164,000), capital of Rift Valley prov., W central Kenya. Founded in the early 20th cent. as a center of European settlement, Nakuru is a growing commercial and industrial city. Manufactures include textiles, processed food, and pyrethrum extract. Nearby is Lake Nakuru (c.35 sq mi/90 sq km), a small soda water lake; the surrounding area has been developed as a national park noted for its flamingo haunts.

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