Photo Credit: Simon Wotton

Preventing the Liben Lark’s extinction



The Liben Lark will become mainland Africa’s first bird extinction if there is no direct human intervention. Listed as Critically Endangered, it suffers from loss and degradation of its grassland habitat on the Liben Plain (one of only two known sites for the species), due to a number of issues including overgrazing and the loss of grassland to arable agriculture. Severe droughts in the area, combined with community disputes, have increased the pressure on the Pain’s scarce resources.

Less than 100 breeding pairs remain in the world. Without a sustainable plan for managing the grassland on the Liben Plain, it will be impossible to ensure a suitable habitat for this species.


  • Stabilise and increase the Liben Lark’s population through conservation measures that also benefit the local community;
  • Focus on the local pastoral community by engaging with relevant stakeholders and making them understand the socio-economic and governance issues of managing the grasslands;
  • Develop the capacity of local civil societies so they can implement effective grassland management and engage their broader community.


  • Conduct surveys in order to properly assess the species’ situation;
  • Monitor the grassland vegetation present in the kallos (communally managed grassland reserves);
  • Convince local teams to repair existing kallos and reduce livestock grazing in priority areas;
  • Evaluate the potential to develop new kallos.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.

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