“Currently, there are fewer than 100 of the birds in Thailand’s forests,” says Dr. Kaset Sutacha, chairman of the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and head of the Exotic Pet and Wildlife Clinic at Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bangkok.

“Critically endangered” is just a step away from “extinct in the wild” and two steps from becoming considered “extinct.”

Demand from China is helping drive demand for their distinctive casques, “helmets” in French, which males deploy in battle. The material is used to make rings, pendants and other decorative items.

Worries over…



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