Southern Bald Ibis (Geronticus calvus) is endemic to southern Africa with a restricted range centered on the Drakensberg. It is listed as vulnerable because of small population size (probably not more than 2000 breeding pairs), being endemics (only occurring in north-eastern South Africa, Lesotho and western Swaziland) and having a restricted distribution (high altitude grasslands). The population underwent a rapid decline over the past century. The main threats are to their grassland habitat, through commercial afforestation, intensive crop farming, open-cast mining and dense human settlement. Hunting and disturbance, especially at breeding colonies, are also major threats.
For more information, please contact Dr Hanneline Smit-Robinson,
Conservation Manager/Oppenheimer Fellow of Conservation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eskom is the Species Champion for Southern Bald Ibis conservation in South Africa