The Tulsa Zoo Conservation Program has begun a new partnership with a project called the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project. This important conservation project focuses on studying ground hornbill’s genetics, behavior and other important unanswered questions necessary for successful re-establishment of ground hornbills throughout South Africa.
Our partnership will provide support for the Mabula Ground Hornbill Projects Awareness Campaigns that educate the local public and communities about the threats facing this important species and to reinstate the bird into areas where it has become locally extinct. The Tulsa Zoo we will also be providing support to purchase VHF and satellite transmitters that are essential for the reintroduction project and will be the only organization providing for this specific aspect of the project. The transmitters are attached to the hornbills when the birds undergo their final health check prior to release into the wild. The transmitters help monitor the birds after release and are a tremendous help when the birds are not able to be visually checked. Usually this monitoring is done by members of the local community to ensure that they are involved in the conservation efforts, it creates jobs in the areas where the releases take place and provides valuable information that contributes to the overall understanding and conservation of the species in the wild.
Find out more about Mabula Ground Hornbill Project.