Did you know that there are birds out there that live to over 60 years old?
The Southern ground-hornbill is one such bird. It is a vulnerable species particularly in South Africa and there are allegedly 50 groups in Hwange National Park here in Zimbabwe where we have taken this photo.
They are a big bird and make a wonderful deep sound that can sometimes get confused with lion contact calls.
Having had habitats change into farmlands and human habitation has been a leading cause for their demise. Additionally they aren’t especially prolific in their breeding and locals sometimes use them as medicine, or “muti”, either for protection from lightning or to bring in rain.