EAZA Silent Forest Campaign

Songbirds in SE Asia have become increasingly in demand in local culture for singing competitions, the pet trade, food and traditional medicine, causing a rapid decline in their numbers.  For the first time, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) are focussing their conservation campaign solely on birds to raise awareness of their plight and to support breeding programmes to replenish numbers in the wild.

The aim is to improve the situation of these birds within their natural habitats and, through European zoos, to develop further understanding of the threats and how zoos can help to save them.

Of particular interest to Blackpool Zoo is one of the flagship species which will be housed here, the White-rumped shama (Kittacincla malabarica).  There are 14 subspecies of these birds and urgent fieldwork is needed to establish the size of the remaining wild populations in certain areas and to plan for their preservation.

Play the YouTube movie below to see a short introduction about the threats the songbirds face and why the campaign is essential to their survival.

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