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The Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project is a registered Non-Profit Organization (NPO: 016-183) recognized as the Birdlife Species Guardian for the Southern Ground-Hornbill and is working to halt the decline of this species in South Africa. This involves harvesting redundant second-hatched chicks from the wild (that would otherwise die of starvation);
re-introduction back into their historical range where they have become locally extinct, augmentation of non-viable groups, research and coordination of awareness programs to inform the public of their plight and more.
A common misconception is that Ground-Hornbill’s are plentiful as a result of their high abundance in the Kruger National Park (but this is just half of the population); in reality their numbers are in steep decline outside of these formally protected areas. As a result they are now officially classified as Endangered in South Africa (IUCNs red list). Main threats are predominantly loss of suitable habitat and large nesting trees, secondary poisoning, electrocution and persecution as “problem” birds for their expensive habit of breaking windows. If you would like to learn more about this project or how you can help please visit our website: