A Sarus Crane Nest Found in Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary
AKP Phnom Penh, September 11, 2018 —
BirdLife International Cambodia Programme today confirmed a new finding on a sarus crane nest during its breeding season after its absence in last few years in Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary.
“Good News: A sarus crane nest was found in Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary during this breeding season after absent in last few years. The key habitats of globally important bird species in Lomphat were converted to plantations, this finding proves that this sanctuary still maintains its core integrity, however it needs protection supports,” it said.
Sarus crane (Antigone antigone) is the tallest flying bird standing up to 165 cm tall. It is listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable because its global population is rapidly declining due to widespread degradation and destruction of wetland habitats, human exploitation, and the effects of pollutants and poisons. This species lives only in Australia, Cambodia, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Its global population numbers around 10,000, of which 500 individuals live in Cambodia.
Besides Lomphat Wildlife Sanctuary, sarus crane was also found in different places, especially in the Northern Plains.
Last year, fifty Sarus Crane chicks hatched from 27 nests protected in the Northern Plains on the grassland.
(Photo: BirdLife Cambodia)
By Khan Sophirom