66 Dr. Lucy Kemp on Lead Poisoning in Ground Hornbills

66 Dr. Lucy Kemp on Lead Poisoning in Ground Hornbills

Lead poisoning is a really big deal for wildlife, and Southern Ground Hornbills appear to be particularly sensitive to lead levels in the blood. In August, Avian Behavior International visited the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project in South Africa to identify some key behavior objectives to enhance the reintroduction strategy for the Southern ground hornbill. This bird has one complicated life strategy, punctuated by a long life and intricate social structure.

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Notes and references for the just a small portion of Dr. Kemp’s extensive hornbill work that also went into Hillary’s report are right here:

Danel, S., Rebout, N. & Kemp, L. Social diffusion of new foraging techniques in the Southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri). Learn Behav 51, 153–165 (2023). https://doi.org/10.3758/s13420-022-00518-4

Kemp, L., Kotze, A., Jansen, R., Dalton, D., Grobler, P., & Little R. (2020). Review of trial reintroductions of the long-lived, cooperative breeding Southern Ground-hornbill. Bird Conservation International, 30(4), 533-558. doi:10.1017/S0959270920000131

Kemp, L. & Alexander, J. Lessons learnt from the reintroduction of long-lived, cooperatively breeding southern ground-hornbills in South Africa.