These giant wading birds are the largest of their species, the Ibis. They are found in the humid marshlands and swamps of Northern Cambodia in Asia. They rely on the shallow waterways for food and use their long bill to forage in the mud and water. They commonly build their nests in low proximity to human activity, usually around 4km away.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Giant Ibis is the national bird of Cambodia.
Type of animal: Bird
Region: Cambodia, Asia
Habitat: Swamps and Marshland
Maximum Height: Up to 1m
Diet: Crustaceans, Fish and Amphibians
Status: Critically Endangered
There is only 1 species of Giant Ibis in the world and they are found in Cambodia, Asia. Giant Ibis can be found on wading in marshlands and swamps foraging for food.
CONSERVATION - HOW TO HELP THE GIANT IBIS
The Giant Ibis is the largest of its species and the only of its kind. Due to deforestation and increased human activity its habitat is being lost to farming and industry. They become extremely isolated when nesting and usually do this 4km away from humans. However this is becoming increasingly difficult due to a reduced habitat.
An area in North Cambodia has now been set aside for the protection of the Giant Ibis in Siem Pan forest. This area is being used to protect nesting sites and protect the remaining population from the effects of deforestation and land clearing. This is vital in creating a strong population that may one day be able to be re-introduced into other areas of Cambodia and South East Asia.
Encouraging signs are being seen in the populations of Giant Ibis. Sightings have been made in small areas of Laos and a single bird was spotted in Vietnam.
YOU CAN HELP BY...
• Supporting the efforts of the conservation groups working in Siem Pan forest.
• Responsibly sourcing sustainable food that isn't grown on land that has been irresponsibly managed.
• Easiest of all is to spread the word and encourage others to visit this site and learn more about these wonderful animals.
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