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The Hornbill Research Foundation
History     

The Hornbill Research Foundation was set up following a project initiating research into the ecology of hornbills by the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University in 1980. The study was begun in Khao Yai National Park and later expended to include forests in western and sounthern regions. Apart form the biology and ecology of hornbills, research was also made into their range and status throughout the country. As a result, an increasing number of research workers were needed to cope with the expansion of project and the maintenance of uninterrupted record-keeping.

This led to the creation of a foundation which H.R.H. Princess Mahachakri Sirinthorn was graciously pleased to name, and “The Hornbill Research Foundation”  was set up on July 1993.


The Importance of Hornbills

Hornbills are both fruit and fresh eaters. They are far-ranging in their search for food and drop the seeds of the fruits they eat as they go, dispersing them over a wide area.They are thus important seed dispersers for the forest, acting as agents of forest regeneration, at the same time as controlling insects and other small animal populations. As such, they can be regarded as indicators of high moist forests, ensuring the continuance of forest health and species richness.

Aims

       1. To continuce and expand further research intiatives into hornbills and related topics.
       2. To disseminate information on forest and the wildlife within them to the public.
       3. Develop interest in and encourage the study of natural ecosystems among scientists, researchers, students and schoolchildren.
       4. Set up a centre for the exchange of information and training in research into hornbills at both national and international levels.
       5. To work for the good of the public or co-operate with other nonprofit-making institutions for public benefit.
       6. Not to be involved with any political activity.


Current Research Projects

Many important topics of research presently underway have been initiated by the project for the study of the Ecology of Hornbills, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University working in conjunction with the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University.

Survey of the range and status of hornbill populations throughout Thailand

The present distribution and status of wild hornbills is not yet know with any certainty, even
though such basic data is essential to manage the conservation of hornbills and their habitats.




Study of the biology and ecology of endangered hornbill species


Many species of Thai hornbills are at present near extinction. It is therefore vital to understand the basic needs for their survival in order to protect and conserve them. This study is currently being pursued in Huai Kha khaeng-Thung Yai wildlife Sanctuary and several protected forests in the south.

Endangered hornbill species include :

a. Wrinkled Hornbill b. Plain-pouched hornbill
c. Rufous-necked Hornbill d. Rhinoceros Hornbill
e. Helmeted Hornbill f. Black Hornbill
g. White-crowned Hounbill  


Study of the biology and ecology of hornbills in khao Yai National Park

Research here has centred upon a long-term study of the breeding status of hornbills, identifying the factors necessary for successful breeding and growth of population, and the collection of data to determine the numbers of breeding pairs the study area might support, to study hornbill food plants, etc. Information collected is being used to adjust and improve abandoned nesting holes so that they may be re-occupied. Should this project prove successful, both the knowledge gained and the methods used can be applied to toher areas of conservation in the country.


Youth Education Programme to inculcate interest in wildilife and the forest

The survival of Thailand’s forests ans wildlife will depend upon people’s understanding of the importance of the forests to their lives and the urgent need to help conserve them. With this in mind, the Foundation has produced booklets, held exhitions, given illustrated talks with slides, slide multivision shows and videos and organize “We love hornbills” nature Camps where children have been taken on guided treks through the forest and engaged in other nature activities. A nation-wide Hornbill Painting Competition has been organized.
Besides this varied youth programme and the opportunities offered for training in hornbill research, our target of awareness, through the publication of our research,will also be directed to the general public.





Contact Us
The Hornbill Research Foundation
c/o Department of Microbiology
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University
Rama 6 Rd, Bangkok 10400
Tel : 662 201 5532, Fax : 662 644 5411
E-Mail : scpps@mucc.mahidol.ac.th
(Professor Pilai Poonswad, Ph.D.)



Website : http://www.thaihornbill.org



How you can help save the hornbills of Thailand?

To continue this work it is vital that the foundation have sufficient funds. If you feel as we do, that these spec-
tacular birds must be preserved for future generations to enjoy, do, please fill in the form at he end of this leaflet
with your donation.

Finally, if you should sight any hornbills, it would be most helpful if you could let The Hornbill Research Foundation know. State the species sighted; the number of birds seen; the conditions under which they were seen e.g. in the wild,in a cage,being hunted;give the place,as accurately as possible e.g. direction (north, south etc.) of Forest to the nearest administration district; the date and the name of the reporter.


 

Name (Mr./Mrs./Ms.) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Address……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Telephone………………………

Yes I would like to help research into hornbills and further awareness of their importance. I enclose :
postal order for ………………………………… baht
cheque for ……………………………………… baht
pay-in slip made to the Hornbill Research Foundation, a/c no. 026-2-75910-2
The Siam Commercial Bank, Ramathibodi Branch for ………………………………………………… baht
Please let me have a receipt by (date)…………………

(Cheques and postal orders should be made out to “The Hornbill Research Foundation” and sent to Hornbill Research Foundation C/O Department of Microbiology, Faculty of
Science, Mahidol University, Rama 6th Road, Bangkok 10400)

Further enquiries can be made at the Hornbill Research Foundation
Tel : 02-201-5532
Fax : 66-2-644-5411




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