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Houbara Bustard Nest Discovered in Jordan Thanks to IFHC and RSCN Conservation Efforts

Date : 15/05/2016

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Houbara Bustard Nest Discovered in Jordan Thanks to IFHC and RSCN Conservation Efforts

Nest is the first to be found following the release of 800 captive bred Houbara in Jordan, highlighting the success of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project

Abu Dhabi, 15 May 2016: Field teams from the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan (RSCN) have spotted for the first time a nest belonging to a Houbara bustard following the release of Asian Houbara between 2014 - 2016 under the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project. The initiative is managed by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), under the direction of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the IFHC board.

The Houbara bustard is a vulnerable species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the authoritative global body which categorises species according to the threat of extinction. The release is part of the IFHC’s strategy to breed and release Houbara bustards, both North African and Asian Houbara, across their natural range, covering the regions of Asia, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in a bid to re-establish a sustainable population. The nest was discovered thanks to the tracking devices which are utilised by the IFHC as part of its breeding and release programme and was found to contain three eggs.

Commenting on the discovery of the nest, Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, Director Generalof the International Fund for Houbara Conservation said: "Ecology and scientific research are paramount to the captive breeding and release program at the IFHC. Optimum sites are selected as potential release grounds forcaptive bred Houbara based on studies of the local flora and fauna. The discovery of this nest highlights the accuracy of our research and serves as an indication of the first step towards a viable population of Houbara across the Kingdom of Jordan.” Al Baidani added: "Thanks to the data we gather through the use of tracking devices, we are able tocarefully monitor the migration routes and capacity of the released captive-bred Houbara to adapt to the wilderness, thereby increasing our knowledge of this vulnerable species and hopefully the success of our programme.”

The IFHC released 500 Houbara in Jordan in 2014, and 300 in 2016 thanks to an agreement between Abu Dhabi and Jordan to work together towards the re-establishment of a viable population of Houbara across the Kingdom. The agreement includes initiatives to implement a national awareness raising programme, specialized research to assess the programme’s success, development of legislation to establish protectedrelease sites, and implementation of programmes for the development of local communities located around the release sites.”

About The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)
The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) was established in 2006 and reorganised by Royal Decree no. 7, 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Fund aims to increase wild Houbara populations through its captive breeding and release programme, with on-going monitoring to ensure long-term preservation and genetic variation of the species. The IFHC also aims to foster ties with international and regional, governmental and non-governmental bodies to encourage sustainable practices to ensure the conservation of Houbara.

The website of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation: www.houbarafund.org.

About the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC):

  • National Avian Research Centre (NARC) - Sweihan – Abu Dhabi – UAE
  • Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation (ECWP) – Kingdom of Morocco
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ)- Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD)-Abu Dhabi-UAE

For more information, please contact:

Camellia Bojtor
FleishmanHillard
+971 4 4502604
+971 50 1531197

 

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