Firstly, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all our America Doggie Bloggers and Friends!
Since it's weekend,we are playing 'Tour Guide’ again today. We have our American friends very much in our heart today and have been thinking about your THANKSGIVING celebrations later on this year and the American tradition of roast turkey.
We thought we'd tell you about one of the endangered species of our big birds here in South Africa which shouldn't be mistaken for a wild turkey!
The name of these awesome birds is THE GROUND HORNBILL, and
NO...YOU CAN’T EAT THEM!!!
These beautiful birds are well protected here in South Africa but live a very difficult life. You see, because they are predominantly non-fliers and have such bright plumage as they walk around in the bush, they become easy prey for jackals and other predators. In addition to this plight, the parents will only rear one chick from their nest.
Many years ago, there were many of them across the landscapes of Southern Africa, but nowadays, it’s quite a privilege to come across them in the wild.
We have some game reserves here in South Africa who have initiated some hand-rearing initiatives and I am happy to report that they have had a bit of success, but the threat to these beautiful birds remains.
So, what do you think about our beautiful GROUND HORNBILLS? ...and remember, they are NOT SUITABLE FOR THE DINNER TABLE!!!
Take care and have a Barkful weekend.