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Protect the giant ibis through the pandemic

Yang, H. ORCID:, Ma, M., Thompson, J. and Flower, R. (2020) Protect the giant ibis through the pandemic. AAAS, Science.

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1126/science.abd0141


The giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea), Cambodia’s national bird, is edging toward extinction. The ibis’s historical range stretched across Southeast Asia, but only 194 critically endangered individuals remain, constrained to the northeastern region of Cambodia. The small population suffers from habitat loss and disturbance caused by human activities, and tensions between humans and wildlife have escalated during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In April, 3 giant ibises and more than 100 other birds were poached in Cambodia’s Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary. To save the giant ibis, conservation efforts must continue, even during the pandemic.

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Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
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