The Visayan Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) was once widespread and common on Panay, Guimaras, Negros and Masbate. However this magnificent bird has been hunted and has had most of its habitat destroyed by ongoing human encroachment into forest land. Estimates show at least 1800 individuals although this may be fewer since these are figures from 2001.
These birds inhabit primary dipterocarp forests up to 1,100m Asl but can sometimes be found wandering into secondary forests. These birds are primarily threatened by ongoing hunting and forest clearing activities.
Here at the Biodiversity Conservation Center we have been engaged in the captive breeding of these animals with the hope of bringing their numbers back up and eventually release them back to the wild where they belong.