Image of the Week #30, February 13th, 2012:

From: Artificial Beaks Helping to Save Hornbills from Extinction in India by John Platt at Extinction Countdown

Source: Lip Kee Yap on Flickr

The great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), is one of five hornbill species native to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to facing the perils of habitat destruction, they are threatened by hunting; their beaks form the centerpiece of traditional headpieces worn by the Nyishi people. Thanks to a conservation effort started in 2000 that offers the Nyishi synthetic bills instead of natural ones, hornbill populations are bouncing back in Arunachal Pradesh. Between 2000 and 2007, their population grew from just 500 to 2,000.