12 hornbills sighted in Chin State

Rufous-necked hornbill.  Photo: Supplied
Rufous-necked hornbill.  Photo: Supplied

A group of a dozen hornbills, a species that is near extinction, were found recently by conservationists in Chin State.
“Twelve hornbills were recorded by conservationists with the use of SMART technology near Nhone Village in Mindet,” said U Thein Lwin of the Department of Wildlife Conservation of the Natmataung National Park.
The population of the great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) also known as the great Indian hornbill or great pied hornbill, is declining in Chin State, according to environmental conservationists.
The government has urged local people to protect Chin State’s great pied hornbills and the Taungzalat trees, which are also in danger of becoming extinct, as they are also symbols of the state.
To save the two symbols of the Chin people from extinction, conservationists are making monthly conservation efforts for the birds using SMART Technology. “We have to report the investigation process once every three months, getting suggestions from the township wildlife and natural plants conservation committee.
We have organised committees, appointing four local youths in our camps, for making preservation processes”, said U Thein Lwin.
The five-year programmes have already made reports to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, an effort suggested by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), departmental officials and local ethnics.
There were approximately 20 hornbills sighted in last year’s report.
“There were many difficulties while making conservation processes for wild animals in their natural environment. We are also facing the result of illegal hunters and poachers”, U Thein Lwin added.
Sign boards have been erected in townships stressing that the hunting and shooting of hornbills is prohibited in Chin State.—Shin Min

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