Conservation in action
Proyecto Eremita works to establish a sedentary, stable and self-sustaining population of Waldrapp ibis across Southern Spain.
About Proyecto Eremita
The Waldrapp ibis is currently classified as ‘Endangered’ under the IUCN Red List, with the last remaining population of about 700 birds found mostly in southwestern Morocco.
As part of the work of Proyecto Eremita, each year, approximately 15-30 juvenile birds are selected from the European zoo population, considering their genetic suitability, for acclimatization and subsequent release back into the wild. To date, this reintroduced population has grown to about 100 birds, which have been reproducing successfully for several years.
With the support of Dublin Zoo, Proyecto Eremita has been able to purchase satellite tags and this helps them monitor reintroduced birds.
Dublin zoo is also home to a flock of Waldrapp ibis, which are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP).