Lockdown lifeline for amorous endangered species

Talarak breeding pair with chick © Talarak Foundation Inc.

By |2020-07-22T15:07:12+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Asian Species, Captive Breeding, Conservation Optimism|Comments Off on Lockdown lifeline for amorous endangered species

As cities on the island of Negros went into lockdown, cars came off the roads, people stayed in their homes, and the endangered species living in the Kabankalan and Negros Forest Park breeding centres started to breed. In the newly calm and quiet surroundings, even the most challenging species have had breeding success, which is providing a tremendous boost to the populations of some of the Philippines’ rarest species.

What does ‘lockdown’ mean for hornbills? While we will now forever associate lockdown with the months spent indoors, listening to news stories about the escalating COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, for hornbills it is a breeding strategy. When a female hornbill finds a mate and is ready to lay her eggs, she seeks a suitable hole in a tree and begins to close the entrance with a wall made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. When she is ready to lay her eggs, the entrance is just large enough for her to