Nineteen nests of the giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) have been discovered during the current breeding season in the Northern Plains of Cambodia in Preah Vihear province.
According to the press release of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) issued yesterday, the nests are currently under the protection by the community members and conservationists of Bird Nest Protection Programme run under the collaboration between WCS and the Ministry of Environment (MoE).
As of July this year, our research team has recorded 19 nests of the giant ibis; 14 located in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary and five in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, said Mr. Thong Sokha, Wildlife Research and Monitoring Team Leader for MoE and WCS in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary.
We expect to find new nests of this species in both sanctuaries because its breeding period is between June and September. Our team is now working closely with local communities to monitor those recorded nests and search for new ones in both sanctuaries, he added.
The giant ibis, Cambodia's national bird, is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and occurs only in Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
About 99 percent of the global population, estimated to contain 194 mature individuals, lives in Cambodia, making it the most important country in the world for giant ibis conservation.
These latest findings represent the continued importance of the Northern Plains landscape in Preah Vihear province for conserving this Critically Endangered bird.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press