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,…).

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. This is 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, whereas the Andalusian Buttonquail …

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Northern Bald Ibis / Ibis chauve (Geronticus eremita), Souss-Massa National Park, Morocco (Lutz Dürselen)

New Northern Bald Ibis breeding sites discovered in Morocco

The breeding of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the last wild population in southern Morocco has been exceptional during the last few years. With this breeding output, the establishment of new breeding colonies was expected for some time now. The productivity ranged between 1 and 1.7 fledged chicks per breeding pair, and the overall …

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Vautours fauves M13 & M14, Jbel Moussa, nord du Maroc

Griffon Vultures released 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, …

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Un couple de Vautour percnoptère (Neophron percnopterus) transporte de la nourriture au nid, Moyen Atlas, Maroc, 26 juin 2014 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

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

Malgré l’état de conservation défavorable du Vautour percnoptère (Neophron percnopterus) et d’autres espèces de vautours, il est encore possible de sauver ces tant décriés oiseaux. Mais davantage études sont nécessaires, car comme le dit le dicton, “nous ne pouvons pas conserver ce que nous ne savons pas”. ‘The plight of the Egyptian Vulture and hopes for …

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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 …

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Lappet-faced (Torgos tracheliotus) and Cape vultures (Gyps coprotheres) at a carcass at Sable Dam, Kruger National Park, South Africa (Andre Botha). These two species appear to be declining at a rate of 80%–92% over three generations (about 45–48 years).

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 …

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L'empoisonnement est la principale menace touchant les vautours. Cette photo montre 66 vautours qui ont été empoisonnés dans un incident au Derby ferme, Limpopo, Afrique du Sud, 7 mai 2015 (Andre Botha).

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 » …

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Slender-billed Curlew, Merja Zerga, Morocco, February 1995. Photo by Chris Gomersall/RSPB images

Searching the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris)

The Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) is a critically endangered species and is one of the rarest bird species in the Palearctic. It breeds in marshes and peat bogs in the Siberian taiga and migrates to over-winter around the Mediterranean area (Edit: a study using stable isotopes found that the core breeding area was actually in …

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