23 Feb '15, 8pm

Why is the Houbara Bustard making headlines?

Why is the Houbara Bustard making headlines?

Since lavish hunting trips became popular in the ’70s, populations of the Houbara Bustard have, at some points, been all but decimated in parts of the Persian Gulf. As a result of conservation and specialized breeding programs in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and other nations, the global population has been nurtured back to an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 birds. One of those programs, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation , releases a target number of birds each year to sustain wild stocks for hunters. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature warns that the general population trend is still falling, mainly because of hunting in the bustards’ wintering grounds. The birds are also targeted by trappers in Pakistan and Iran, who illegally ship them to Saudi Arabia, where they’re used to train falcons. Habitat loss across their wintering ground...

Full article: https://www.audubon.org/news/why-houbara-bustard-making-h...

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