Search launched for Southern Ground Hornbill

Mabula’s Ground Hornbill Project has launched a search for Poison, an endangered male Southern Ground Hornbill in order to release a female companion with him.

MABULA – The Mabula Ground Hornbill Research and Conservation Project has launched a search for a male southern ground hornbill called Poison.

This hornbill has been in the Waterberg area for over eight years. He comes from The Kruger National Park where his group was poisoned. Poison was rehabilitated and successfully released on Mabula Game Reserve near Bela-Bela after which he flew to Rooiberg in September 2002. He was released as part of a re-introductory scheme to increase the number of Southern Ground Hornbills in the Waterberg area. Poison is believed to be in the area between Thabazimbi and Bela-Bela. Mr Mark Stavrakis of Limpopo Field Guide Academy heard him about six months ago near Kunkuru Game Reserve in the Kromdraai area. He would either be somewhere near Thabazimbi but they can travel great distances. The ground hornbills are critically endangered species. “He is in need of a female companion and we are looking for him as we now have the chance to release a female with him, it’s very exciting,” said me Kate Meares, Project Manager of the Hornbill Project. Even though he is completely wild and probably still very weary of humans, the community of Thabazimbi and surrounding areas are requested to be on the lookout for Poison, if anyone hear or spot him, kindly contact Kate Meares on 083 289 8610 or email, Alicia Heunis on 083 289 8611 or email or Charles Mphamo on 078 736 8572 or email