“Bird of the Pharaohs” Stages Comeback
Souss-Massa National Park, Morocco - A few years ago it looked like the only northern bald ibises that would last until the new century were the ones mummified by the ancient Egyptians. But ornithologists say the bird the pharaohs so revered has staged a spectacular comeback thanks to a last-ditch conservation effort in northern Africa. One of the world's most endangered birds, by 1997 less than 100 adult northern bald ibises (Geronticus eremita) remained in the wild.
Almost wiped out by human pressures, the species clung on at the Souss-Massa National Park in Morocco.