There is need for active coordination between institutions. Moreover, due the low genetic diversity in the population of this species under human care, active genetic management is required to accomplish this role. Additionally, active demographic management is also required as there is need to grow the ex situ population, which may compete with other hornbill species for limited space.
|• Husbandry research for Asian hornbills
This role emphasizes on using Anthracoceros malayanus as a model species to learn about husbandry issues with other species, especially those more difficult to breed and other threatened species (e.g., Sulu hornbill).
• Education (Ambassador)
The focus of this role is to raise awareness and educate about hornbills, especially threatened hornbill species and the threats they face, as well as general conservation issues such as palm oil and habitat loss.
• Conservation education (in range)
This role implies cooperative work which would include other hornbills in same area range (e.g., Rhinoceros and Greater hornbill projects) and focuses in raising awareness and education in range countries.
|• Husbandry training
This role is designed to help improve the breeding success. For it to be accomplished it requires coordination between programmes. Since black hornbills are considered a “less challenging” species than others, this species is recommended as breeding/keeping for those zoos that want to start keeping Asian hornbills.
In December 2020, the Black hornbill EEP had 25 animals in 11 institutions.
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