The Fischer’s Turaco (Tauraco fischeri zanzibaricus) on Zanzibar is one of two subspecies of the Fischer’s Turaco and is the only Turaco species to be found outside mainland Africa.
The Fischer’s Turaco itself has an IUCN rating of Near-threatened – but were the Zanzibar Turaco to be its own species, it should be classified as Critically Endangered and it is therefore considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. The last review of 2001 of the subspecies’ status estimates that in 2011 there are a mere 500 individuals left, at most, and the population trend is declining. After almost two more decades of continuous habitat destruction, it is urgent to determine how many species are left and how to protect them from possible extinction. ZABISO has designed and planned a Survey in June/July 2021.
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