Giardia lamblia telomeres have been isolated from a library enriched for repaired chromosome ends by (i) screening with a Plasmodium falciparum telomere and (ii) differential hybridization with Bal 31-digested and total G. lamblia DNA. Analysis of three clones isolated by this strategy has identified multiple tandem repeats of the 5-mer TAGGG. An oligonucleotide containing these repeats recognizes Bal 31-sensitive bands in Southern hybridizations and detects all G. lamblia chromosomes in pulsed-field gel electrophoresis separations. An abrupt transition from the G. lamblia rDNA sequence to telomeric repeats has been found in all three clones In two of the clones the transition occurs at the same site, near the beginning of the large subunit rDNA sequence. In the third clone the transition occurs at a site in the intergenic spacer sequence between the rDNA genes. Hybridization of an rDNA probe to a pulsed-field separation of G. lamblia chromosomes indicates that rDNA genes are present on several chromosomes but vary in location from isolate to isolate. These results suggest that rRNA genes are clustered at telomeric locations in G. lamblia and that these clusters are mobile.