Most ibis are fairly abundant, but there are some species that are very rare and are in danger of becoming extinct. The dwarf olive ibis Bostrychia bocagei, Waldrapp ibis Geronticus eremita, white-shouldered ibis Pseudibis davisoni, and giant ibis Pseudibis gigantean are at critical risk. The dwindling populations are due to many factors including intense hunting, drainage of wetland feeding habitats, commercial logging of nesting trees, and pesticides. Managed care in zoos and reintroduction to the wild may be the only way to prevent their extinction.
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