13 Apr '17, 11pm

#CLIMATE #p2 What Could Help Save the Endangered Crested Ibis?

#CLIMATE #p2 What Could Help Save the Endangered Crested Ibis?

Crested ibis Danielinblue/Wikimedia Commons In the middle of the 19th century, more than 50,000 crested ibis were walking on their stilty legs through waterways across East Asia, everywhere from China and Russia to Korea and Japan. By 1981, only five of these long-beaked, red-faced birds were thought to remain. Overhunting and habitat loss caused the population to collapse—hard. In 1963, the last crested ibis disappeared from Russia (without love). In 1975, North Korea declared the birds locally extinct. The five known survivors were all in Japan, where scientists caught the birds in a desperate attempt to set up a captive breeding program. It was not to be. The program failed, and the last known ibis on earth faded away without producing a single heir. Fortunately, the rumors of the crested ibis’s extinction turned out to be slightly exaggerated. Later in 1975, a small ba...

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