Houbara bustards released in Libya


This Houbara bustard video is from Fuerteventura, May 2005.

From Wildlife Extra:

First Houbara bustard release in Libya

11/03/2009 13:05:46

March 2009. 209 (102 males and 107 females) houbara bustards have been released in Libya. The bustards had been produced in captivity in 2008 at the Emirates Center for Wildlife Propagation, in Missour, Morocco.

H.E. Mohammed Al Bowardi, Deputy Chairman of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, said that the Houbara release is part of the UAE efforts to protect the Asiatic Houbara and to increase its declining population in its geographic distribution in Asia and North Africa. The Houbara is under threat due to the destruction of its wintering and breeding habitat, over-trapping, over-hunting and illegal trade.

Endangered birds freed in Algeria: some 500 captive houbara bustards have been released into the wild: here.

The Pakistan federal government has apparently issued 28 special permits to the rulers, members of ruling families and other dignitaries [sic] of four Gulf states to hunt the internationally protected Houbara bustard during the 2010-2011 season. Hunting of Houbaras by Pakistanis is banned under wildlife laws, but their government is willing to flog rare wildlife off to its rich neighbours. Shameful and disgraceful: here.

The First Great Bustard chicks hatch in the UK for 177 years: here.

Great Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps has been uplisted to Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat. Hunting, disturbance, habitat loss and fragmentation have all conspired to reduce this magnificent species to perhaps as few as 250 individuals: here.

Birdwatching in Libya: here.

4 thoughts on “Houbara bustards released in Libya

  1. BirdLife News-Bytes

    12-06-2009

    Conserving bustards in South Africa – BirdLife South Africa (BirdLife in South Africa) has formed a working group to aid the conservation of bustards within the country. “South Africa’s bustards are in trouble, with six of the country’s ten species listed in the South African Red Data Book”, said Mark Anderson – Executive Director of BirdLife South Africa. For example, experts identified that populations of Ludwig’s Bustard and Denham’s Bustard [Near Threatened] are threatened by a single mortality factor – collisions with the cables of power-lines. Studies by Mark Anderson and the University of Cape Town’s Dr Andrew Jenkins, found that on average about one Ludwig’s Bustard collides per kilometre of power line per year at these sites. “The thought that we could be potentially losing them at a rate of over 10,000 birds killed annually by this factor alone is terrifying”, said David Allan, ornithologist at the Durban Natural Science Museum. The new working group will have several aims, but will focus initially on disseminating information about bustards to the relevant authorities and stakeholders, prioritising research needs, and determining urgent conservation interventions.

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