a member of “Protejamos Tetuan y Sus Alrededores” (Protesa/Ademn), which is a group
active in the environmental awareness among the general public and schoolchildren, with the emphasis on taking the action themselves. He is also a member of GREPOM (Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux du Maroc) since 2012.
region. The aim of the video was to increase environmental awareness and
education about the environmental problems of the region of Tétouan especially
the destruction of Smir wetland and the pollution of Oued Martil.
- On his visit to Jbel Dersa (Tétouan) with Abdelhak Elbanak on 20 May 2011, he found a Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in a very poor state (it bleeds from the beak and the eyes, probably caused by poisoning in a rubbish dump). He took it at his house and treated him, within three days it was able to fly again.
Rachid examining a sick Black Kite (Milvus migrans) at Jbel Derssa, May 2011(Abdelhak Elbanak).
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) at Jbel Derssa, May 2011 (Rachid El Khamlichi).
- On 6 June 2009, he found a Spanish-ringed female Black Kite (ring n° 7058297, Icona – Madrid) held by a person near Tétouan. The bird had difficulty flying, and was so weak that it could hardly move. During the rehabilitation, it started to take weight and to recover slowly. She was released on 16 august 2009 in a woodland near Oued el Maleh, Martil.
Rachid releases the Spanish-ringed Black Kite after its recovery.
- In April 2009, he found a Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata) injured in his wing on the road to Cherchaouen. He took it home to recover as he does usually. In this interview with the TV programme “Thalassa: le magazine de la mer” presented by Georges Pernoud on the channel France 3, Rachid began his talking about the “absence of wildlife rehabilitation centres in the region” and showed to the TV crew the Booted Eagle that was recovering in his house (they moved then to Smir wetland to speak about its problems).
- In May 2005,
he found a broken-legged golden jackal (Canis aureus) in Jbel El Haouz near
Tétouan, the accident was probably caused by shepherds. He rescued it and
took it to a veterinary in Tangier where it was treated and his leg put in plaster.
He took it to his house and after a longer period of recovery he released it in
the same place where it was found.
The wounded and broken-legged golden jackal (Canis aureus) in Rachid’s house, 29 May
Rachid treating the golden jackal (Canis aureus) in his house, 29 May
A well recovered and healthy golden jackal (Canis aureus), 18 July
2005. Note also a spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) which was bought by Rachid
in order to release it later.
I first wanted to write about some of the raptors that Rachid helped and rehabilitated, and then thought that I should include some other information about his activities which are by no means complete. The updated list of papers can be found at his page here: http://moroccanbirds.webs.com/elkhamlichi.htm