Giant Ibis Preservation on Positive Trend

Giant Ibis, an endangered bird on the world preservation list, is on the positive trend in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Environment.

The ministry has quoted a confirmation from BirdLife International's updated note on this animal preservation in Lomphat wildlife sanctuary, a preservation area in Rattanakiri province.

"During the 2019 Giant Ibis breeding season, from June to October 2019, 10 Giant Ibis nests were found in Lomphat wildlife sanctuary - Rattanakiri. Eight nests were successful with eleven chicks, one nest is incubating and the other failed due to human disturbance," it said.

Giant Ibis is critically endangered with a declining population as a result of habitat loss, hunting, disturbance and lowland deforestation.

Nowadays, isolated breeding populations only persist in Cambodia, including Rattanakiri, Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri provinces where, with a bit of luck, Giant Ibis can be encountered at the dry forest's many watering holes within the Eastern Plains Landscape.

Giant Ibis has been declared Cambodia's national bird, and conservation efforts are crucial to its protection.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press