13 Jul '11, 7am

Bird diplomacy in action for Syria’s last remaining ibises

Bird diplomacy in action for Syria’s last remaining ibises

Bird diplomacy in action for Syria’s last remaining ibises 01 July 2011 | News story Formerly thought to be extinct in the wild in the Middle East, the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian Palmyra desert in April 2002. With only four remaining individuals, it is currently the rarest and most threatened bird in the region. IUCN, with the help of its partners and diplomatic efforts of the Syrian First Lady, is involved in saving this enigmatic species. Wrinkled and bald when seen from a close distance and majestic and elegant when observed flying over the desert horizon, the Northern Bald Ibis has fascinated people for years and continues to do so. For centuries the bird has had a symbolical value. In Ancient Egypt, it was revered as a holy bird and a symbol of brilliance and splendour. According to a Turkish legend, it wa...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/focus/from_beirut_to_b...

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