Three Rare Black-necked Storks Hatch

After five weeks of active nest protection by community members, three Black-necked stork chicks have hatched in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, according to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

We are happy to see these three Black-necked stork chicks because they are a rare bird, not often seen in the forest, said Mr. Yoeun Yerb, a WCS-supported nest protector, who found the nest with a fellow villager in KPWS. We achieved our goal of guarding the nest and strongly hope that others will help to safeguard this species.

The Black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) is a very rare bird species in Asia and is listed on the IUCN Red List as Near Threatened. An estimated 15,000 to 35,000 individuals exist globally, with the vast majority of them in Australia. Less than 10 pairs are known to exist in Cambodia, the only country in Southeast Asia where the bird is regularly recorded.

The Black-necked stork is a very rare bird in Cambodia. They have a widespread distribution but with a small population. If we do not conserve them, they will disappear in the near future, Mr. Rours Vann, Wildlife Research Team Leader in KPWS for WCS and Ministry of Environment said.

Besides Black-necked Storks, the Northern Plains of Cambodia is home to 57 globally threatened mammal species and 300 bird species.

Mr. Song Chansocheat, Deputy Director of Environment in Preah Vihear province, said protecting this unique landscape is needed to ensure continued breeding and the survival of the species in Cambodia. Everyone can help conserve our priceless wildlife by not buying or eating their meat or eggs, he added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press