Conservation News

Index of articles about biodiversity conservation in the broad sense are filed here (mainly birds, but occasionally some mammals as well). In general, this category includes articles about species of conservation concern (declining and endangered species, range-restricted species,…).

 

In the other related category named “conservation problems”, you will find mainly direct threats (illegal hunting, wildlife trade, bird electrocution,…).

Saharan cheetah / Guépard saharien (Acinonyx jubatus hecki), Ahaggar Cultural Park, Algeria, March 2020 (ONPCA)

Saharan Cheetah filmed at Ahaggar, southern Algeria

Saharan Cheetah filmed by remote cameras at the Ahaggar Cultural Park in the Algerian Sahara. For the first time in more than a decade, the Saharan Cheetah spotted again in the Ahaggar Mountains in Tamanrasset, southern Algeria. The news was announced today during a press conference by Salah Amokrane, the director of the Algerian Cultural …

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) named ‘Aylal’, Souss Massa National Park, October 2019 (Abdeslam Rihane)

Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco since 1900: Analysis of ecological requirements

How Northern Bald Ibis managed to survive in Morocco? In other words, which are the most important factors that determine the survival of the Northern Bald Ibis colonies in Morocco? A recent study gave us some good answers. Historically widespread, now reduced to a small restricted area Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) had once a …

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Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti), Bouafroun Forest, Djimla, Algeria, July 2019 (Walid Soukkou).

Algerian Nuthatch habitat threatened by a controversial project

A project to create a “recreational forest” inside the Bouafroun Forest in Djimla could jeopardise the Algerian Nuthatch and other wildlife according to Algerian sources. The project named “Bouafoune Forest for Entertainment and Recreation, Jijel” is developed by a private investor under the name “Bouafroune Services & Commerce Ltd”.  It was authorized by the concerned …

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Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d’Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus), north-east Algeria, 29 Nov. 2019 (Moussa Houache).

Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria for the first time in three decades

The Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria for the first time after almost three decades without known sightings. Le Turnix d’Andalousie observé en Algérie pour la première fois après une absence d’observations pendant près de trois décennies. Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) is the Mediterranean endemic subspecies of the Common Buttonquail. After it went extinct in …

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Northern Bald Ibis ‘SHORTY’ (ring number 028), Waldrappteam, LIFE Northern Bald Ibis.

Eye opacity in Northern Bald Ibises equipped with GPS transmitters in the context of a LIFE+ project

Unilateral corneal opacity as a result of GPS tracking in a European Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) population released in the context of a LIFE+ reintroduction project Fritz J., Eberhard B., Esterer C., Trobe D. & Scope A. Waldrappteam | LIFE Northern Bald Ibis | 6162 Mutters, AustriaCorresponding author: Johannes Fritz | jfritz@waldrapp.eu | www.waldrapp.eu …

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Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d’Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus): an adult female at Sidi Abed, Morocco, 12 June 2010 (Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito)

Andalusian Buttonquail in Morocco is declining

The last known Andalusian Buttonquail population is declining and its suitable habitats are shrinking according to a study published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation journal. The Common Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus) is widely distributed in Africa and South Asia and is currently categorised as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN Red List. However, the nominate subspecies …

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in Morocco (Youness Tamraoui).

Record breeding season for Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

The Northern Bald Ibis population in Morocco had yet another good breeding season in 2018 despite the adverse weather conditions during the chick rearing period. The breeding population in the two colonies of Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri has reached a record number of 147 breeding pairs (122 pairs in 2017, see graph below). The …

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Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), fitted with a GPS transmitter and ready to fly, Bouznika, Morocco, 17 Dec. 2018.

Spanish Imperial Eagle in Andalusia in 2018 & the first satellite-tagged bird in Morocco

The Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) in Andalusia is doing very well. The breeding population of the species once again exceeded its maximum historical record and expands through the Betic mountain range. With this population increase in Andalusia and the Iberian Peninsula in general, an increasing number of immature Spanish Imperial Eagles visit Morocco to …

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Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d'Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus), Doukkala region, Morocco, June 2014 (Carlos Gutiérrez Expósito).

Andalusian Buttonquail declared extinct in Spain

The Spanish Government officially declared the Andalusian Buttonquail as extinct in Spain in August 2018. It became thus the first bird species to go extinct in Europe since the extinction of the Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) almost 170 years ago. There are, however, some differences between the two extinctions. The Great Auk is lost forever, …

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