Northern Bald Ibis, Rare Syrian Bird, Faces Extinction After Palmyra Falls To ISIS

The bird was re-discovered in 2002 near the city of Palmyra, which was captured by ISIS last week.

A rare bird in Syria is at risk of extinction after Palmyra, one of the country’s most ancient cities, was captured by the Islamic State group earlier this month. The northern bald ibis, was declared extinct in Syria over 70 years ago until seven of them were found near the city of Palmyra in 2002.

Despite being protected, the bird’s numbers in Syria declined to four, and three of them pwere abandoned last week when their guards fled Palmyra after ISIS seized the city, BBC reported. Officials have offered a reward of $1,000 for information about the whereabouts of a fourth bird, called Zenobia, as it is the only bird that knows the species’ migration route to Ethiopia.

Source: Northern Bald Ibis, Rare Syrian Bird, Faces Extinction After Palmyra Falls To ISIS – www.ibtimes.com

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