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Madagascar Sacred Ibis

Protection of the Madagascar sacred ibis

The Madagascar sacred ibis inhabits mainly wetlands and mangroves on the west coast of Madagascar. Although the Madagascar sacred ibis occurs in protected areas such as the Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park, over 70% of the Madagascar sacred ibis population is found outside protected areas (Birdlife International 2013, Andrianarimisa & Razafimanajato 2010).

In these areas, the uncontrollable human influence leads to a strong threat to the Madagascar sacred ibis. The mangrove forests are being destroyed for charcoal production and logging. The quality of the habitat is increasingly deteriorating due to pollution and sedimentation and the birds continue to be heavily hunted.

In this project, the population size and distribution of the Madagascar sacred ibis in the unprotected areas will be determined together with members of the local community. In addition, anthropogenic threat factors are identified through surveys with the local population and at the same time awareness is raised for the protection of the Madagascar sacred Ibis and its habitat through education and information.

Project Fact Sheet



Madagascar sacred ibis (Threskiornis bernieri)




Habitat destruction and degradation


Project aim


Determination of the current population size and distribution of Madagascar sacred ibis