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Hornbill Research Foundation

Hornbill Research Foundation (5)Thailand

Established in 1980, the Hornbill Research Foundation is a conservation organization whose mission is to train locals to collect data on hornbills, to secure their populations for the future. They also work to encourage the study and appreciation of natural hornbill habitats and co-operate with other organizations to further their mission.

Hornbill Research Foundation Map

Why do they need our support?

Of the 62 species of hornbills native to Asia and Africa, 51 of those species are experiencing swift declines in population. Hornbills are very popular within illegal trades because their casques, the protrusions on the top of their beaks, are softer than ivory and often used to make jewelry and other trinkets.

How is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo helping?

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is proud to financially support the Hornbill Research Foundation in their efforts to gather relevant research on and protect and preserve the various species of hornbills.


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