How is Fauna & Flora helping hornbills?
If we want to save hornbills, we have to stop the poaching and stop the trade.
In Southeast Asia, Fauna & Flora’s anti-poaching and forest protection work has helped to disrupt poaching networks and combat illegal wildlife trafficking dealing in helmeted hornbill ‘ivory’.
This work includes providing equipment and training to patrol teams so they can monitor for signs of poaching and work with law enforcement to address any that they find.
That extends all the way to helping secure fair prosecutions for those caught poaching or trafficking these birds, with Fauna & Flora working as expert witnesses in criminal cases.
Additionally Fauna & Flora is helping to address a shortage of nest sites brought about by widespread logging. An innovative programme has seen artificial nest boxes built in key locations, which should encourage hornbills and the other brilliant birds in the region to nest and help reverse the devastating trend in their population decline.