Duisburg: conservationists completely perplexed! Exotic animal suddenly appeared


Duisburg: conservationists completely perplexed! Exotic animal suddenly appeared

The bird was first spotted in Rheinaue Walsum in Duisburg. (Symbol image)

Photo: IMAGO / Hans Blossey

Duisburg. The “sacred ibis” is a species of bird that is related to the storks and herons. He actually comes from southern Africa.

However, one bird of the species apparently got lost and landed more than 13,000 kilometers away Duisburg.

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Rare bird gets lost in Duisburg

People who were out and about in the “Rheinaue Walsum” nature reserve on May 14th were amazed when they saw the rare bird.

In fact, according to the city of Duisburg, the bird is one of the “invasive” species. These species spread from their natural range to other areas. However, this is a problem as they threaten native species there.

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Duisburg: Bird could endanger other species

The endangerment of other species by a settlement of the holy ibis had to be prevented. Otherwise, as with other invasive species, such as the raccoon, it could have detrimental consequences for the existing wildlife.

In addition, according to the city, the Federal Nature Conservation Act obliges nature conservation authorities to act quickly in such cases.


This is the city of Duisburg:

  • earliest written record in the year 883
  • fifth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, consists of seven city districts
  • has around 498,686 inhabitants (as of December 2019)
  • Duisburg port is considered the largest inland port in the world
  • almost a third of the pig iron produced in Germany comes from the eight Duisburg blast furnaces
  • Sights include: Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord, Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain, Sechs-Seen-Platte
  • Lord Mayor is Sören Link (SPD)
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Said and done. So a plan had to be found quickly to capture the bird as gently as possible.

To be on the safe side, an expert took over this task towards the end of May.

The plan was as follows: the bird was to be accustomed to a specific place by feeding, where a trapping system was then installed.

Duiburg Zoo donates fish for the catching campaign

In order to get the holy ibis used to the place, Duisburg Zoo provided the Lower Nature Conservation Authority with around three kilograms of fish every day.

According to the city, the zoo also tried to ensure that the bird is placed in an EU-approved facility, such as a bird park, as soon as the bird is caught.


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However, nothing came of this plan for the time being. Apparently the saint ibis had little desire for a life in the bird park and evidently moved on.

Because neither the employees of the nature conservation authority, nor rangers of the RVR Ruhr-Grün or the cameras set up at the feeder have been able to see him since then. (mbe)


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