The nests disappear
Nevertheless, the greatest threat to the Ground Hornbill is the lack of bid, old, hollow trees in which it can build nests and raise its young. Unfortunately, suitable trees are destroyed by elephants or chopped down and used for wood.
It takes about 6 years for the Ground Hornbill to reach sexual maturity, and many more years until they become parents. In combination with the lack of hollow trees this makes the species very vulnerable.
Mabula Ground Hornbill Project builds artificial nests
Mabula Ground Hornbill project works in several ways to save the Hornbills in South Africa. For example, through research and education, but also through breeding abandoned chicks and reintroducing them to the wild.
They have also developed an artificial nest which can replace the old, hollow trees. Kolmården Foundation helps to fund the building of these nests for the Southern Ground Hornbill.