A Sarus Crane nest was discovered by the wildlife monitoring team at WCS Cambodia in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary located in Sre Andoal village on the border between Mondulkiri and Kratie provinces, in August 2023.
This is the second such discovery since the first in 2020, marking a hopeful trend, said a recent news release of Keo Seima REDD + project.
Examining the nest and eggshells confirmed that two newborn Sarus Cranes had safely hatched and left the nest, it underlined.
According to the same source, Sarus Cranes are the tallest birds on Earth, with adults reaching heights of 1.7 meters and weighing 5-12 kg. They breed during the rainy season, from May to October, usually in large wetland grasslands within wildlife sanctuaries in Cambodia.
The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and faces numerous threats, including poisoning, deforestation, and land clearance, severely impacting their habitat, food sources, and breeding areas.
The news release also laid stress on the crucial role of local communities and authorities in wildlife and habitat protection. “Preserving this biodiversity is vital for our ecosystem and can provide economic benefits through eco-tourism, particularly birdwatching, allowing people to co-exist harmoniously with nature,” it added. C. Nika – AKP
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