Cambodia Giant Ibis Unprecedented Breeding

Endangered giant ibises extraordinarily laid eggs recently - an unprecedented timing for the bird's reproduction - in the forest of a highland area of Preah Vihear province, according to local media report.

Public Relations Official of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Mr. Eng Meng Y was cited in the source saying that the giant ibises usually breed in the rainy season, not the drying period. However, this is a good sign leading to more of the bird in Cambodia.

Globally, he added, giant ibis is being endangered. Compared to other countries in the region, Cambodia has more number of the bird.

In cooperation with competent authorities, WCS officials are taking so much care of the trees with the nests and eggs of the giant ibises to ensure their successful reproduction.

To save the species, Cambodia declared giant ibis as national bird and necessary conservation efforts has been carried out.

Based on online documentation of the World Wildlife Fund, the declining population of the bird was resulted by habitat loss, hunting, disturbance and lowland deforestation.

Its isolated breeding populations, added the documentation, only persist in Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri provinces.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press