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Evidence-based evaluation of in situ and ex situ management strategies for the hunted Asian Houbara

Last update: : Tuesday 3 October 2017, by Nicolas Busser

Presented by: Robert Burnside, Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, U.K.
Date: Thursday 12th Oct 2017, 13:30-15:00
Place: IPHC, Amphithéâtre Grünewald, bâtiment 25

The migratory Asian Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii is declining due to its over-exploitation in central Asia and the Middle East, mainly through the practice of Arab falconry. To date, the primary conservation intervention (actually to prevent the loss of sport falconry) has been the uncoordinated industrial scale release of captive-bred Houbara. However, more than 20 years of this practice has failed to halt the ongoing decline of the species. Today, the multi-million dollar industry of Houbara breeding has become a seemingly unstoppable machine that is intent on increasing and expanding its annual releases each year and ultimately putting the wild populations at greater risk due to genetic pollution and promoting the continuation of current excessive hunting practices. The aim of my work has been to develop transparent evidence-based conservation and sustainable management plans for the Asian Houbara using base-line demographic data of both wild and captive-bred animals. Using this evidence I critically examine the role of captive-breeding in conservation and sustainable hunting.