Bald ibis among wildlife driven to extinction in Syria and Libya

The northern bald ibis is now extinct in the Middle East. The final member of this genetically distinct Syrian population – a ringed female called Zenobia – was last seen in Palmyra in 2014, a few months before ISIS fighters showed up, says Gianluca Serra, an Italian conservation biologist who is its most persistent follower. The ibis has since disappeared.

Last updated on 16 February 2016

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Libya
Syria
Region: 
Africa
Asia
Threats: 
Habitat loss and degradation
Species: 
Geronticus eremita
Species group: 
Birds