Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory. Whereby its ivory is found on its huge beautiful beak that makes 10% of its body weight.

It’s a very large bird with a wrinkled throat patch.

Where do we find Helmeted Hornbill ?

They mostly feed on the fruits especially those from fig trees. Also, feed on insects, barks, among other creatures.

This birds used to be found in various places, whereby they are currently extinct.

They can currently be found in Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia as well as Myanmar. But now extinct in Singapore.

Where do we find the most sort for ivory in the Helmeted Hornbill

It is found on their beaks, a piece of their body known as casques. Which happens to be a solid keratin in this bird.

It runs from the beak’s base halfway to the tip.

When did they start to be a target for this ivory

These birds have a target for some time now. AAnd this explains why they are now considered critically endangered and extinct in some places.

Unlike other ivory from the huge animals like elephants and the like. Ivory from these birds, can easily be sneaked in by the poachers.

Being soft compared to other ivories , they have to be subjected to heat before being used in making ornaments.

So how do you support fight such ivory and these birds?

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Effects Of Invasive species To The Ecosystem

Invasive species are species that have been introduced into a new area they have never been to before. They tend to do very well compared to the indigeous species in that particular area. This results to various negative outcomes to the species in the ecosystem.

Are invasive and exotic species similar?

They share some similarities but interact defferently with the ecosystem.

Invasive species can be confused with the exotic species as they are both non-indigenous species. They are both species that have introduced to a new area they arenot native at. Invasive species tend to displace the native species and even alter the entire ecoystem. While the exotic species tend to lend in causing no harm to the native species.

What gives the invasive species an upper hand?

Invasive species have the ability to :
Grow fast
Reproduce rapidly
Adapt easily to a new environment
Withstand different environmental conditions
Wide food preference
Successful dominance
Easily associate with human

So what are the effects of these invasive species?

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