Please help us save the White-bellied Heron from
White-bellied Heron is on the brink of extinction and urgently needs our
White-bellied Heron (WBH) is the rarest and the most critically endangered heron in
the world. There are fewer than 60 of them left in the world with less than five known
breeding pairs. Bhutan is home to 45% of the global population and 90% of known
While we are protecting the wild population and restoring their habitats, we fear that
the extremely small population might disappear at any time before we could fully
understand them. We are not very far from losing them forever.
To rescue, on the recommendation of IUCN-SSC, we have established the WBH
Conservation Center in Bhutan. In 2021, the first batch of ex-situ captive population
was established by collecting nestlings from a wild nest. The collection of selective
birds from the wild will continue until the genetic diversity of the population is expressed in several breeding pairs as it is the only source of founders for the
The purpose of the WBH Conservation Center is to secure an ex-situ gene pool;
rear, raise and breed herons, and supplement the wild population by releasing them
into safer habitats. It will also serve as the centre for WBH research, a global
information hub and coordinate WBH conservation work in the region.
To ensure the highest possible genetic diversity, the experts recommend raising at
least 50 birds in the centre. To accommodate 50 birds, we need at least 10
enclosures. Currently, we just have two enclosures, and we urgently need more. The
lack of funds to build additional enclosures and other critical facilities is severely
impacting our progress and we are running out of time to save the last remaining
We urgently need US$ 250,000.0 by December 2022 to build new enclosures and
advance our species recovery plan.
Please support us. Every single dollar you donate will help us upscale our
efforts and save White-bellied Heron from Extinction!