Endangered Ptarmigans to Be Shown in Japan for 1st Time in 15 Yrs


Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese rock ptarmigans will be shown to the public in Japan for the first time in 15 years from Friday or later, at five related facilities.

They were all artificially bred and are one or two years old. The alpine bird is designated as an endangered species and special natural monument in the nation.

"We hope people will get interested in activities to protect endangered species (of plants and animals) by actually seeing the rock ptarmigans," an Environment Ministry official said.

The ministry started in 2012 to fully take measures to curb the drop in the number of Japanese rock ptarmigans, which is currently estimated to total less than 2,000, after failing to prevent the extinction of the crested ibis.

In cooperation with the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the ministry has tried to artificially breed the species, including through a program to hatch eggs collected at Mount Norikura in central Japan.

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