!!!Ground-hornbills have made it to the finals for the Whitley Fund for Nature Awards 2021!!!
Register here if you would like to watch the award ceremony on May 12th and 7pm BST. Fingers and toes crossed :)
If we do win this award then it is on behalf of all the dedicated people who have worked so hard to understand and find ways to keep this species safe over the last 21 years - YES - we are 21 this year.
another successful breeding season
75% of the reintroduced groups with a breeding-age female laid fertile eggs. We were also able to harvest a second-hatched chick from one of them to join the artificially-reared chicks.
We are also thrilled to have another publication out - a case study in Global Conservation Translocation Perspectives: 2021.
A NEW MSc RESEARCH PROJECT
How to manage range expansion of the Southern Ground-hornbill population in the Lowveld, beyond the borders of our protected areas?
Her work is currently sponsored by Rufford Small Grants and Copenhagen Zoo.
We are thrilled to be able to continue to grow strong conservation capacity for South Africa. These two students have joined our team for 10 months to gain real-world conservation experience, and also to bring their own unique skillsets to ground-hornbill conservation. More girl power for us!
Celukuthula Nobuhle Msweli
A PROPER DEATH BY A PROPER PREDATOR
We lost a priceless alpha male ground-hornbill to a crocodile but now we get to witness first hand the change over of ownership of a ground-hornbill territory.
STORM - A TRIBUTE
We now have over 40 Champion-led groups now, consisting of over 400 contributors, and we receive in excess of 400 sightings a month. In ground-hornbill terms this a wealth of vital distribution data.
The national database now holds over 11 000 localities, and in the first four months of this year, we already have resighting in 48% of the known occupied pentads.
assessing the impacts of wind farms
South Africa desperately needs to move to a more sustainable energy solution than its current reliance on coal and firewood. Yet these sustainable solutions are not without risk. Wind Energy Facilities (WEF) are springing up around the Eastern Cape, now for the first time, with in the range of the Southern Ground-hornbill. We are working hard to understand what the potential threats are and how they can be mitigated for.
SHOWING GROUND-HORNBILL HASHTAG LOVE
# thunderbirdthursday has reached over 2 million (2 227 794 to be precise :) ) people around the world - thank you to everyone who shares their ground-hornbill photos and care every Thursday under this hashtag. Send us your photos if you would like to be our weekly thunderbird star.
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