Shoebill

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One of the main attractions in the Bangweulu Wetlands  is the rare Shoebill, this is a huge pre-historic looking bird, which resembles a cross between the extinct dodo of Mauritius, a Pelican and a Stork!  It is believed that aproximately400 birds are in the swamp. These birds are more easily sighted from April through to July when the flooding of the plains brings the birds out from deeper in the swamps where they breed. However for much of the year, they can be found loosely scattered along the rivers and pools as the waters retreat.

This is quite possibly, the best place remaining in Africa to see Shoebill in the wild.   With dwindling numbers due to poaching for the wild bird trade, regular burning of the swamps and nest destruction and pressure from fishermen, this bird is already classed as ‘Vulnerable’ and could soon become an endangered species if not afforded some form of protection

See our proposed itinerary for this exciting adventure – click on this link

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