Welcome to the Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project and big, black, booming birds in general. We would like to ensure that this site contains all you need to know about ground-hornbills and their conservation. The charismatic Southern Ground-Hornbill (SGH, Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a bird that many people already know well. They are culturally important as the ‘thunder' or 'rain’ birds and are a flagship species for the savannah biome (along with cheetah, white rhino and several vulture species)
At present, Southern Ground-Hornbills are considered internationally as ‘Vulnerable’ throughout their range in Africa by the IUCN, but within South Africa they have been classified as ‘Endangered' , with their numbers outside of formally protected areas are still declining. It is even likely that the birds will soon meet the IUCN Red Data List Criteria as being ‘Critically Endangered’ in South Africa.
Please visit http://www.ground-hornbill.org.za/ for more information