Photo by Ding Haitao/Corbis
The endangered Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon) is seen above in the forest at Tongchuan City, in northwestern China's Shaanxi Province. This ibis was once thought to be extinct, but the number of Crested Ibis has increased from seven 1981 to more than 2,000 now. The Crested Ibis was once numerous in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and Russia. The last one in Japan died in 2003, and the remaining wild population was found only in Shaanxi Province. Captive bred birds were reintroduced back into Japan in 2008. Restoration projects in China, Japan and South Korea seem to showing great promise.
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