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HORNBILL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Hornbill Research Foundation is working to save:
Bushy-crested Hornbill (Anorrhinus galeritus). International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listing is Near Threatened
White-crowned Hornbill (Berenicornis comatus). IUCN listing is Vulnerable
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis). IUCN listing is Near Threatened
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). IUCN listing is Endangered
Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). IUCN listing is Endangered
Wreathed Hornbills (Rhyticeros undulatus). IUCN listing is Near Threatened
Hornbills are large birds found in tropical forests in Africa and Asia. They require large trees with natural cavities for nesting (they do not excavate their own cavities like woodpeckers), which makes them especially vulnerable when large trees in their habitat are removed.
Tropical Malesian rainforest in and around Budo-Sungai Padi National Park, southern Thailand. Just under half of the total 189 sq. km (72 sq. miles) is primary forest, and the rest disturbed forest, fruit orchards, or rubber plantations
Critical threats to wildlife
- Illegal logging and clearance for shifting cultivation threaten breeding sites for the hornbills.
GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE FIELD
Dr. Pilai Poonswad, the director of the Hornbill Research Foundation, with her hornbill team.
Villagers who had been hornbill poachers are now employed as hornbill protectors through the Nest Adoption program of HRF.
Education of local people is important to help them understand and appreciate the hornbills and other forest life.