Southern Ground-hornbills, a magnificent bird found throughout Southern Africa, need to overcome many threats such as habitat loss, persecution an poisoning. But with climate change on top of this, will they continue to survive in a warming world?
Sadly they are now classified as Endangered in South Africa and rising temperatures and increasingly frequent droughts are pushing the species to their limits.
You can help by showing your support for APNR Ground-Hornbill Project, run by the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, who are investigating what the effects of high temperatures are on these birds, and whether they will be able to continue to breed successfully in a more extreme climate.
Carrie Hickman has been a part of this project for the past 5 years and is now putting her passion for this incredible species into fund-raising action!
On the 25th of September, Carrie will be running the Karkloof 50 Miler – a mammoth 50-mile-long ultra-marathon – for the APNR Ground-Hornbill Project!
By combining her two passions, Ground-hornbills and running, she hopes to generate some much needed funds for equipment and running costs of this research and conservation project.
Donations will help to purchase equipment such as solar panels, batteries, temperature loggers, weighing technology, safety equipment, as well as contribute towards vehicle maintenance and reserve entrance fees.
It is vital that the threats that these birds are facing are investigated so we can understand where and how conservation interventions will be the most effective.
Please show your support for this dedicated research, that aims to help guide the conservation efforts, keeping these magnificent birds wild and roaming throughout Southern Africa for years to come. Thank you.