There are only about 500 Djibouti Francolins left in the whole world. But if we act now, there still may be a chance to save them.
With its vibrant markings and unforgettable call, the Djibouti Francolin is one of Africa’s most unique birds. And unfortunately, it’s also one of the continent’s rarest: There are only about 500 adult Djibouti Francolins left in the whole world.
The main threat to the Djibouti Francolin population is habitat destruction. Nearly all the juniper trees in the Forêt du Day, where most of the reamaining Francolins live, are dead or dying. They’ve been withered away by acid rain, crisped by climate change or hacked to pieces by humans for firewood.
Additionally, camels, goats and cattle are allowed to graze freely on the landscape, further reducing the once-lush area to ruin.
The Forêt du Day was once a national park, but by 2001, it had lost such protections. As a result, its wide variety of plants — and the animals who live in them, like the Djibouti Francolin — have been left vulnerable to devastation.
We have to give the Djibouti Francolin a chance to survive. Please ask the government to extend protections back over the Forêt du Day and establish captive breeding programs for the Francolin, before this rare species disappears forever.
You can sign the Care2 petition here