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Hornbill Family Adoption Program


Since 1978, the Thailand Hornbill Project, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, has been actively conducting research on the biological and ccological aspects of hornbills and has expanded the research into the forests of western and southern Thailand. In the southern provinces including pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, the Project has received overwhelming cooperation from local villagers, who previously earned extra money (to add to their 1,500-3,000 Bahts monthly income) by selling hornbill chicks stolen from their nest and other wild products.

By having villagers to help in looking after of hornbills and collecting research data, the Project aims to create awareness in hornbill nests under its care and protection for scientific data collection purposes. In pursuing these funding is extremely crucial.


Species await for adoption are:

1. Great Hornbill (Buceros biornis) GH
2. Wreathed Hornbill (Aceros undulates) WH
3. Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) RH
4. Helmeted Hornbill (Buceros vigil) HH
5. White-crowned Hornbill (Berenicornis comatus) WCH
6. Bushy-crested Hornbill (Anorrhinus galeritus) BCH

Note: The hornbills listed in number 3-6 are considered endangered species


1. To subsidize local villagers in their determination and efforts to conserve hornbills.
2. To study the biological and ecological aspects of hornbills, which are currently on the verge of extinction.
3. To allow villagers to collect biological and ecological data of hornbills for research purposes, and to monitor and secure long-term hornbill populations in the area.


Those who are interested in the adoption of a family/families of hornbills will be responsible for operated expenses. The payments will be spent on hiring villagers to look after hornbills in natural habitat and collect scientific data for the Thailand Hornbill Project.


The adoption rate per family per year is us$150.


1. Reports on the adopted hornbills consisting of:
-Condition of adopted hornbills
-Details of adopted hornbills
-Location of the nest
-Species and characteristics of the tree in which the nest is located, accompanied by photographs of the actual tree.

Notes: Breeding lasts from February through August, occasionally extending into October. Reports will be sent at the end of the year after all information has been processed. Applications received after the breeding season will be applied to the next year.

2. Should you wish to visit the hornbills you adopt, we (the Project) can organize to bring you to the site at your own expenses.

3. An indirect benefit is your opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Thailand’s valuable natural resources. Moreover, you will able to watch them right in their natural habitat.


In the premises of Budo-Sungai Padi National Park, in the provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala.


1. To promote the conservation of hornbills
2. To train villagers to be a nature guide for the future earning in a sustainable away.


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.sc.mahidol.ac.th/research/hornbill.htm
: http://www.thaihornbill.org




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