Six nests of the critically endangered white-shouldered ibis have been found in the northern plains of Preah Vihear province.
According to a statement from the Wildlife Conservation Society today, the nests were found in Tmatbouy village in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary. The nests are being protected under a safeguarding project which is a key step forward to prevent extinction.
The white-shouldered ibis is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The birds have appeared in Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.
While the global population has declined – it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 individuals remain globally – the vast majority of this species are in Cambodia.
The WCS said land clearance, logging, hunting and poisoning continue to put the species at high risk. The Tmatbouy forests are home to approximately 50 white-shouldered ibises.
More than 200 foreign tourists, who are mostly birdwatchers from Europe, visit the giant and white-shouldered ibises every year, with the income generated used to develop the village and conserve the rarest birds.
The community estimates it could earn about $10,000 each tourist season, which runs from October to April.
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