Monday, 2 July 2012

Thai hornbills supported by UK charity

Money donated by Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild supports vital conservation research for three hornbill families in Thailand
June 2012. In 2011, Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild sponsored families of rhinoceros, wreathed and great hornbill species which all nest around the Budo Mountain area, part of the Budo-Sungai Padu National Park in Thailand.
In 2011, the wreathed hornbill family were successful in fledging a chick meaning that this family have been very successful having fledged 9 chicks since 1999. The new great hornbill family were also successful in fledging a chick during 2011 resulting in this family having another successful breeding year bringing the total to 12 fledged chicks since 1994. It was noted that both of these families had similar nesting diets made up of almost entirely fruits mainly of fig species.
Rhinoceros hornbill
The rhinoceros hornbill family also successfully fledged one chick during their nesting season however, their diet throughout the nesting period was different as although they ate mainly fruits they were not of the fig species. This family have produced at least 7 chicks since 2000. Some data collection by the team during 2011 was incomplete for some of the other family groups they monitor due to poor weather conditions and incidents of unrest in Thailand's southernmost provinces, and so workings in unsafe areas had to pause.
The Hornbill Family Adoption Program will still carry on for 2012, with the project continuing to monitor our hornbill families. The team will also continue to promote hornbill conservation and train villagers as nature guides, so they can earn an income in a more sustainable way.

Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild has been supporting the Hornbill Research Foundation since 2002 annually donating $450 to support three hornbill families in Thailand.

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