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Chris Taylor


Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on Southern Ground Hornbills Nesting on Londolozi

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Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Very Exciting! Those 40 days will most likely feel like 9 months!!! Keep us posted please.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The differing rearing habits among species are so interesting–this one particularly so.
Are they visible year-round?

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Chris, Mother Nature and her beauty come in all forms. The Ground Hornbill is another example. Thanks for highlighting this bird for us

Kristin Boggs

So if the first egg is the only one to be raised by the flock, what happens to the chick in the second/insurance egg? Does it often survive or perish due to not receiving care?

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Fingers crossed for their success!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great news.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What wonderful surprise. They are amazing looking birds! keeping fingers they stay and raise a family. Victoria

Cyndy Beardsley
Digital Ranger

That is so exciting! Can’t wait for the updates

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Chris, I loved pictures of hornbills🤗

Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

That was good news! Happy to hear that! Thank you for an interesting article!

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Great news and some impressive photos of these birds!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Fingers crossed they raise a healthy chick!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great that there will be a ground horn bill chick at Londolozi soon!

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Thanks so much Chris for this wonderful account of such a rare hornbill!….will be hoping like crazy they bring their chick up successfully…… wonderful sighting…..

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

So sad to hear that these comical birds, with their beautiful long eye lashes, are on the decline..they used to be quite common when I lived in the area. Learned so much from your blog Chris and look forward to hearing good news from their nest in the future. Just super thanks 🙏💕

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

What a symbolic species for Londolozi and what a luck to find a breeding pair! Good luck to both parents and future chicks!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What good news! I’ve always been fascinated by Ground Hornbills, having seen them at Londolozi and, years ago, at Phinda. Spectacular looking. I hope this flock is successful with their new effort!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Oh, how I hope they are successful! Such huge birds and so very colorful.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Chris, Great story! We have never seen these cool birds!

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

What an exciting development! Best of luck to the family group on the newest egg!

Reginald Victor

AWESOME !! Keep us posted on this very exciting development…

Reginald Victor


Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That’s fantastic to hear you have a breeding group on Londolozi!!

Carly M
Digital Tracker

What a great article. I hope it all goes well for them, I didn’t realise their numbers are so low and they are so endangered! So very sad.

Patrick Smyth

Could a captive breeding program work? I sone under way or is there another method being tried?

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris. This is very exciting news indeed. We support the Mabula Game Reserve Ground Hornbill iniative there on a regular basis. Didn’t know Londolozi was involved in these Hornbills as well! Wonderful. We wish you every success with these very slow breeding and precious birds. Wendy and Neil MacNicol

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

So exciting! Wishing them all the best!

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