Sunday, September 18, 2005

MAURITIUS KESTRELS - Falconry archives to be established in US

The Khaleej Times Online has an article on a new falconry archive, and the projects that are supported by The Peregrine Fund.
As a tribute to the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, the US-based The Peregrine Fund will build an archives for falconry artifacts, books and other relics, a renowned US breeder has said.

'The Peregrine Fund, in conjunction with the Emirates Falconers' Club, will build an archives for falconry artifacts, books and other relics as a tribute to the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his unique conservation practices,' said Dr. Tom J. Cade, Founding Chairman of the Peregrine Fund.
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Another project is the Mauritius Kestrel. The Mauritius Kestrel only exists in the wild on the island of Mauritius, the former home of the extinct Dodo Bird. As a result of habitat loss and pesticide contamination this small falcon was reduced to only four known wild birds in 1974.

Through captive breeding and release, and management of wild pairs, the population increased to about 100 pairs in 1996 with an estimate of 400 kestrels in the overall population. Today there are believed to be more than 1,000! With the help of the Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund, The Peregrine Fund, and others, a fantastic recovery was witnessed.