Release Programme

 

We follow a rigorous scientific strategy for releasing birds.  The captive-bred birds are monitored in their release cages and regularly assessed to determine the best time for release into the wild.  Following strict protocols (and meeting all necessary regulatory requirements, such as CITES – as an endangered species permission is needed to export the birds) the Houbara are transferred to specially selected release sites in countries across the species’ range.

Surveys of potential release sites are undertaken to ensure the correct environmental conditions are in place to maximise the survival of the released Houbara. The surveys include research into vegetation cover, vertebrate and invertebrate enumeration, and the mapping of natural habitats, as well as climate research through meteorological stations distributed in different regions. Additionally, the effects of agricultural methods, particularly grazing, are evaluated and their impact on plant regeneration is assessed.

The data and information gathered by our field teams is of great importance to programmes executed by other organisations to conserve the biodiversity and ecosystems in various range areas.

Once an area has been identified as suitable for release, the Houbara will be transported to the sites and released following well-defined protocols. After release, the birds will be observed and monitored in their natural habitats. Survival rates are recorded as a basis for measuring success of the programme.

 

 




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