Habitat: open dry areas, coastlines, cliff
Range: Southern Morocco, Syria, North Africa
Natural Diet: Insects, small reptiles, worms
Status In The Wild: Critically endangered
The Waldrapp or Northern Bald Ibis is considered sacred in Egypt. Their
image appears in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and tomb art. The
long, thin beak is used to probe mud for small prey. Depending on
its sense of touch while, the ibis can use its eyesight to watch for
predators. Population decline is due to loss of habitat,
uncontrolled hunting (their meat is considered a delicacy by some),
pesticides and climate change. These birds are highly social and
will mingle in large flocks. Both sexes incubate eggs.
To find out more
two waldrapp ibis
chicks that hatched at the zoo in April 2015, CLICK HERE!
information on Micke Grove Zoo's efforts to conserve waldrapp ibis,