Ecology & Research

To be truly effective in successfully reintroducing captive-bred Houbara to reinforce existing populations, it is essential to understand fully the factors that make wild populations sustainable. Therefore, ecology and scientific research are paramount to the work of IFHC.

Through a world-leading team of field scientists and researchers, IFHC has dedicated its resources to understanding the conditions of a healthy environment in which the Houbara bustard can thrive, and to understand all characteristics of the species’ behaviour. Laboratory and field studies have provided insights which have led to ground-breaking scientific developments. While radio and satellite tracking have revealed many aspects of the species secret life, including; survival, breeding behaviour, habitat use, migration routes and favoured staging or wintering areas. In range countries, biologists undertake large-scale vegetation surveys, census of invertebrate and vertebrate animal life, habitat mapping and climate surveys at strategically located satellite stations. The effects of agricultural methods, in particular grazing, are measured to assess their impact on regeneration of appropriate plant life.

Studies of existing flora and fauna have resulted in a broader understanding of the nutritional requirements of the Houbara bustard. Even though the Houbara inhabits arid regions, and does not require water to sustain it, rainfall is an important factor in the breeding cycle. Most of the effective breeding takes place after rainfall, when vegetation flourishes. As well as providing more quality and variety in plant matter, the rain prompts a greater concentration of insects, providing the optimum nutritional balance for breeding birds.

 




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