Endangered Species

The Northern Bald Ibis

Critically Endangered

Government authorities, led by the Desert Commission, were extremely supportive of, and proactive in, efforts to conserve the Ibis. A protected area was created around the breeding colony.  Further awareness is essential, in Palmyra and Damsacus, to generate a sense of national pride in the birds. Syria has made recent strides in conservation, although there are still no national parks, limited conservation infrastructure, and little awareness among the population and an active hunting community. Hunting is the main threat to the tiny Syrian population. Overgrazing and collecting of firewood have reduced habitat quality in feeding areas. A well was under construction at a main feeding site in Syria in 2007. 

Photo by: Waldrappteam. The peculiar features of the northern bald ibis: bald and red head, elongated and loose feathers of the hind neck and iridescent body plumage.

Ibis breeding grounds @ G. Serra

Ibis breeding programme @ google

Ibis breeding grounds @ R. Berry 2005

The migratory route of the oriental northern bald ibis was discovered in 2006 through satellite telemetry. Autumn journey south then east; spring journey north then west. Each journey being about 3200 Km long. Map @ J. Lindsell.

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