Category Archives: Conservation News

New Northern Bald Ibis breeding sites discovered in Morocco

The breeding of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) at the last viable wild colonies in southern Morocco during the last few years has been exceptional. The productivity ranged between 1 and 1.7 fledged chicks per breeding pair, and the overall population has been steadily increasing. However, this increase of population size is much slower than… Read More »

Release of 5 Griffon Vultures at Jbel Moussa: first step for the reintroduction

The High Commission for Water, Forests and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) in close collaboration with the National Zoological Park and GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco has released five Griffon Vultures into the Nature Reserve of Jbel Moussa on 7 February 2017. This release operation was intended by the Forestry Administration to be the basis for launching, in the long-term,… Read More »

Les vautours au Maghreb: une situation critique et espoirs pour l’avenir

‘The plight of the Egyptian Vulture and hopes for the future’ was first published in English in the blog of the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU). The following is the French translation. Malgré l’état de conservation défavorable de Percnoptère (Neophron percnopterus) et d’autres espèces de vautours, il est encore possible de sauver ces tant décriés oiseaux. Mais… Read More »

Significant population of Egyptian Vulture found in Morocco

Recent observations of the globally endangered Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Morocco become so rare that some authors considered the species on the verge of local extinction as a breeding species. In this context, the observation of 4 birds in spring 2013 and a successful breeding pair near the Tazekka National Park were received with excitement among the… Read More »

نسور أفريقيا مهددة بالانقراض يحذر الاتحاد الدولي للحفاظ على الطبيعة

حذرت جمعية الطيور العالميَّة و الاتحاد الدولي للحفاظ على الطبيعة في التحديث الأخير للقائمة الحمراء للأنواع المهددة بالانقراض بأن نسور أفريقيا تنزلق نحو الانقراض. سبعة من أصل إحدى عشر نوع من نسور أفريقيا هي الآن في خطر للانقراض، وفقا لأحدث تقييم لحالة حفظ الطيور الذي قامت به منظمة حياة الطيور الدولية. هذا التقييم تم إدراجه… Read More »

African vultures are heading towards extinction, a study warns

An international team of researchers from across Africa, Europe and North America have published the first continent-wide estimates of decline rates in African vultures. Their findings suggest that African vultures are likely to qualify as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s global threat criteria. The study which was published recently in… Read More »

Les vautours africains diminuent de façon critique, avertit une étude

Une étude suggère que les vautours africains sont en voie d’extinction. Une équipe internationale de chercheurs, dont des scientifiques de renom du Peregrine Fund, de l’Endangered Wildlife Trust, de l’Université de Makerere et de l’Université Altera de Wageningen, avertit que les vautours africains sont susceptibles de se qualifier comme « en danger critique d’extinction »… Read More »

Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco: record breeding seasons year after year

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri cliffs has experienced another good breeding season in 2014. Every breeding parameter (breeding pairs, fledged chicks, chick survival, and productivity) has slightly increased in comparison with the breeding season of 2013 and with the previous seasons. During 2014, a record number of… Read More »

North African Ostrich returns to W. Sahara after decades of absence

North African Ostrich returns to breed in Western Sahara, southern Morocco, after it went extinct there almost 50 years ago. The North African or Red-necked Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) is the largest Ostrich subspecies. It roamed West and North Africa before its local extinction from most of its former range. Currently, it’s ‘Critically Endangered’ (however,… Read More »