Logo ACCBAngkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity - a Kingdom of Cambodia / Goetz Project
  1. Visit us!
  1. Contact
  2. Links
  3. Legal Notice
  4. Deutsch
  2. Home
  3. Our Mission
  4. About us
  5. Background
  6. Activities
  7. Cambodian Wildlife
  8. Infos and Downloads
  9. Supporters
Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) in Cambodia

Outstanding breeding success at ACCB

2008-12-12: Hatchlings of Lesser Adjutant Amongst others, ACCB focuses its conservation efforts on globally threatened large waterbirds. Here, Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) is one of the focal species. Over the past years, the team at ACCB has been working to establish a captive group comprised of individuals that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and are not fit for release. The aim with such birds is to attempt captive breeding and ultimately reintroduce their offspring back to the wild. In 2007, first eggs had been laid which unfortunately proved to be infertile, likely because the birds were still too young. These large birds only reach maturity when they are four to five years old. This breeding season, expectations were high and the team of keepers was greatly rewarded: After a long month of waiting while the parent birds dutifully incubated their two eggs, two chicks hatched and are now well taken care of by their parents. Worldwide, successful captive breeding of this rare species has only been reported from a handful of zoos.

The remaining global population of Lesser Adjutant is estimated at only c. 5,000 individuals in mostly small, widely scattered sub-populations. Globally important key populations are located in Cambodia. The species is threatened by direct persecution through the collection of eggs and chicks in nesting colonies and hunting of adult birds, as well as habitat loss. Apart from its ex situ conservation breeding efforts, ACCB also supports in situ wildlife monitoring and nest protection activities of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Cambodian Ministry of Environment in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, to contribute to the conservation of large waterbirds and their habitats.


© 2008 - 2024 Westfälischer Zoologischer Garten Münster AG
last update: 2015-01-27

How to help

Information about how to support the ACCB


Check out our Facebook page!


... more News

A project by ...

Logo Allwetterzoo Muenster Logo ZGAP Logo Stiftung Artenschutz Logo goetzpartners