Bojnice Zoo and Oasys MiniHollywood, together for the black-casqued hornbill

2 December, 2019

Our black-casqued hornbill (Ceratogymna atrata) has just been transfered to the Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia. The objective is to continue with the conservation work for threatened species and achieve reproduction with the female that the Bojnice Zoo already has.

After more than 48 hours of travel, the bird arrived at the facilities, where they performed a clinical veterinary examination to confirm that he was in perfect condition.

Following the quarantine period, he needed time to adapt to his new facilities. Once this was successfully completed, he was introduced to his future partner. The two were happy together from the very first moment. Next, they were given access to outside facilities, where they are together all the time. We are sure that our first Ceratogymna atrata specimen is in good hands and the family will soon grow larger.

The black-casqued hornbill (Ceratogymna atrata) is one of the animals that is most representative of our conservation work for threatened species, as it can hardly be found in the wild and there are no reliable data on this species. Thanks to this effort and commitment, the black-casqued hornbill family at Oasys Hollywood grows every year.

The Bojnice Zoo is part of EAZA (European Associations of Zoos and Aquaria), as is Oasys MiniHollywood. It actively participates in many conservation projects for threatened species. It is one of the leading specialists in the handling and care of birds such as, for example, the crowned hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus), the eastern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus flavirostris), the black-and-white-casqued hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus), the northern ground hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus), the southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri), and the wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus).

This species is scarcely represented in European zoos despite the fact that species can hardly be observed in the wild. In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has not granted it any degree of threat. Our specimens form part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP).