Helmeted Hornbills Casques
The Helmeted Hornbills have been hunted for their casques in Borneo and traded with China for over a thousand years but in the last nine years, the species has come under new and unprecedented pressure from an exploding demand for casques which are in great demand as a material for carved jewelry and ornaments.
The helmeted hornbill’s casque—the horny helmet above its beak— is mostly solid, unlike those of other hornbills. Softer than ivory, it can be finely carved into beads, figurines, and artistic scenes. These casques,