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Bechar el Kh-ir project, Morocco


The project “Bechar el Kheir” was founded in 1999 due to the intention of the Forest Ministry (Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forets et a la Lutte Contre la desertification) to evaluate whether the possibility of  a potential reintroduction of the NBI in their former range in the Atlas region of Morocco, accompanied by socio economic and educational activities. was possible.
A breeding station with two aviaries was erected built and birds were brought to breed there. Breeding started in 2001 however obviously too severe winters lowered the survival of the offspring. Changes in husbandry led to good breeding success in 2005/2006.
For more and detailed information see IAGNBI conservation report 2007 (2,3MB)