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Several EAZA Members* have supported the NGO Aaranyak in their Artificial Nest Structure project for Greater adjutant storks (Leptoptilos dubius) since 2017.
Once common in India, the species has been decimated in the last century. The estimated global population counts only 800 - 1,200 individuals with half of them nesting in three adjacent villages in Assam, India. Extensive community work has been done to garner community support for this bird which was previously considered a nuisance.
The project aims to increase the amount of nesting possibilities and provide higher quality nests in locations further away from villagers.
Nesting structures are made with locally grown bamboo and using local labor. The Hargila Army, a rural women’s group dedicated to stork protection, monitors the nests. A prototype nest platform erected in 2018 was the first to be used to rear a chick.
In 2020, 10 nest structures were constructed despite the pandemic. All platforms were visited and 5 were used for nesting with chicks hatching in all occupied nests. The goal is to build 20 structures in 2021, so more support from the EAZA community is welcomed.
*Thanks to Paignton Zoo/Wild Planet Trust, Lagos Zoo, Leipzig Zoo, Stuttgart Zoo, Amersfoort Zoo, Paris Zoo, Beauval Nature Association, Berlin Zoo and Tierpark, Rotterdam Zoo, Zoologischen Gesellschaft für Arten und Populationsschutz (ZGAP) for their support and to Marlow Bird Park for facilitating collaborations.
To read more about the project, visit the EAZA Conservation Database.