Endangered bird returns to Andalucia after 500 years


IT has taken them 500 years, but the endangered Hermit Ibis has begun to breed in La Janda, Cadiz, where there are now 12 couples of the bird. The Hermit Ibis has not mated or bred in Europe for the past 500 years and was only present in certain parts of North Africa.

However, now, the Junta de Andalucia Environmental Department has announced that there are 12 nests in the Tajo de la Barca de Vejer area.



A breeding programme in collaboration with the Jerez Zoo and the Doñana Biological Department was carried out by the International Group of Hermit Ibis Experts and the Junta de Andalucia, and 60 birds were released in the province.

The Hermit Ibis is one of the most endangered species in the world, as there are only 112 couples, found in Morocco.

Picture Credit: Richard Bartz


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