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Extremely Rare Giant Ibis Arrived at ACCB!

Earlier this week, we were alerted by our colleagues from WWF-Cambodia អង្គការមូលនិធិសកលសម្រាប់អភិរក្សធនធានធម្មជាតិ to rescue one Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) from Stung Treng Province. Luckily, Mr. HOUNG Theara and his team from Xplore-Asia Stung Treng found the bird just in time and prevented local fishermen from eating one of the rarest birds on this planet. They tried to release this individual in a protected area, but the ibis did not fly away. Therefore, it had been decided to hand this bird over into ACCB's care for rehabilitation and treatment. Our team immediately left our centre for the 5-hour drive to pick up this important animal. A first assessment revealed no major injuries and further diagnostic tests are ongoing. At the moment, the bird is stable and adapting to the new environment at ACCB. The Giant Ibis is the National Bird of the Kingdom of Cambodia and today almost exclusively found in the Northeast of Cambodia.
With estimated only 200-300 individuals alive worldwide, the Giant Ibis is not only listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, but also second in the EDGE List of Birds (Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered).

At the moment, ACCB is the only institution worldwide with experience in the rescue and husbandry of Giant Ibises and ACCB's team is currently taking care of three individuals.

We would like to thank Mr. HOUNG Theara and his team for rescuing this Giant Ibis and the Ministry of Environment and WWF Cambodia for the good collaboration!

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