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See endangered baby birds being reared by humans

From 2 - 4 May in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo, visitors will have the chance to find out all there is to know about the endangered Northern Bald Ibis birds - and the project that is bringing them back to Europe after hundreds of years of extinction.

The unusual looking birds were hunted out of Europe nearly 400 years ago but have been slowly reintroduced in the past ten years thanks to a collaboration between a team of bird researchers and the zoo.

One of the important elements of the project is the use of imprinting, making sure the first thing the newborn chicks see is a human "parent". This then allows the team to lead the birds using a microlight aircraft between their summer and winter feeding and breeding grounds, a route the birds have struggled to navigate instinctively after so many years away from Europe.

Now at the zoo in Vienna visitors can see the project in action. "Visitors can watch as the human mothers raise the little bald ibis chicks by hand. They can also admire the aircraft with which the researchers will later charge her way to the south," said zoo director Dagmar Schratter.

Children can also try out the new bird themed playground and get involved in some of the programme activities over the three days including an adventure around the zoo and face painting.

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