Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society, Malaysia Programme
Location: Sarawak, Malaysia
Research: Buceros Hornbill Feather Distribution Project
Species/Topic: Rhinoceros Hornbill
Abstract: Hornbill feathers play an integral part in ceremonial dress and dance in many parts of Southeast Asia. The primary objective of this project is to satisfy this local demand by providing feathers from captive birds and reducing hunting pressures on wild populations. Molted tail feathers from captive Rhinoceros hornbills (Buceros rhinoceros) will be collected from American Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) participant institutions. These feathers will be shipped and distributed to indigenous peoples in Malaysia. To support the long term sustainability of the focal species, a conservation education workshop will be conducted in conjunction with the distribution of feathers. This project is endorsed and supported by the Coraciiformes Taxonomic Advisory Group (TAG) and the Buceros Hornbill SSP and is incorporated into the most recent Coraciiformes TAG Regional Collection Plan.