magic moment captured...
history in the making
Ann Turner : Founder and coordinator of the
Ground-Hornbill Research and Conservation Project.
" Well done, Eelco, it is a really nice film ,and you have put it
together so well and with such sensitivity and desire to have it correct.
Nick ( project research officer ) and I just looked at it very critically
and loved it ...this documentary gives viewers the opportunity to see
egg hatching and history being made . This succes story is being celebrated
world wide ..."
Shaun Wilkinson CEO Umgeni River Bird Park
."..it is excellent, very impressive.Well done ,it really wraps up
years of work in a professional manner and giving recognition to those
involved . It has highlighted the plight of the Ground-Hornbill and also
demonstrated that something can be be done about it ,with a succesful
outcome ....thank you for capturing it for posterity "
John Catchpole . UK Parrots magazine
" Eelco Meyjes has a passion for preserving our flora and fuana and
could not resist getting involved in making a documentary on the conservation
of this facinating creature "
The Southern Ground-Hornbill
( Bucorvus leadbeateri )
Threatened with extinction " The Ground-Hornbill's
critical walk to freedom " is a truly inspiring conservation
story. Produced by Birds of a Feather and sponsored by W W F THE GREEN
TRUST and Sasol this documentary tells the remarkable and poignant story
of how Ann Turner founded the Ground-Hornbill Research and Conservation
project at Mabula Game Reserve 12 years ago.
With less than 1500 birds left in the South African wild something urgently
needed to be done to try and save the species from possible extinction
and to ensure that its eventual walk to freedom has every chance of success.
What you will see in the documentary :
- A background to the tribal custom associated with the species
- Adult and juvenile identification
- The reasons for the birds threatened status
- Key observations from the wild
a) The species has a very slow reproductive cycle
b ) Groups consist of 2 to 8 birds with only one Alpha female
c ) Females only reach sexual maturity at 8 and 10 years
d ) The second chick always dies from starvation in the nest
e ) Only one chick is raised to adulthood every 9 years
- How the Ground-Hornbill Research and Conservation project was started
by Ann Turner
- Key learning's from the projects early days
- Harvesting of second chicks from the wild
- The need to start a captive breeding programme
- Artificial incubation and hatching of young chicks
- Ghost feeding chicks with Ground- Hornbill look alike puppets
- Preparing young birds for their release back into the wild
- Erection of artificial nestboxes in the wild
- The use of telemetry equipment
- Foster parents adopting newly released young birds
- Ground-Hornbills in full flight
- World's first video footage of released Ground-Hornbills nesting in