North African Ostrich

    Making it possible to breed and reintroduce the threatened North African ostrich in Niger.

    The North African ostrich has reduced in numbers during the past 50 years due to hunting, egg collecting and loss of habitat. Therefore, it is now on the verge of extinction.

    Kolmården foundation supports a project which works together with the government of Niger and Sahara Conservation Fund to breed ostriches and reintroduce them to the wild. Breeding is done in Kellés breeding center in Niger, and the threatened ostriches are then reintroduced to the wild in Gadabeji Biosphere Reserve, an area where the North African ostrich was common up until 1955.