San Diego Zoo breeds critically endangered bird

August 28, 2018 by  

For the first time, an endangered bird, the Hawaiian honeycreeper, also called the ‘akikiki, has been bred successfully in captivity.

The single chick was born to parents who were raised from eggs that were collected from the wild. According to Zoo Global spokesperson Jennifer Pribble, the fledgling was raised by its mother, without human assistance or intervention of any kind.
The successful birth was the result of the involvement of the San Diego Zoo Global’s Hawai’i Endangered Bird Conservation Program. Organizations like this have an opportunity to educate people and often make use of flyer printing to print fact sheets for visitors.

This program to help save endangered Hawaiian bird species is a collaboration among San Diego Zoo Global; the Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, which is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife of Hawai’i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources; and the Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery Project. San Diego Zoo Global is the conservation arm of the zoo and works to save threatened species throughout the globe.

Birds and animals in Hawai’i are particularly susceptible to threats, since they developed in relative isolation, as did the unusual fauna in the Galapagos Islands. The number of birds in Hawai’i has declined sharply since European explorers brought mosquitoes and other invasive species with them, to attack this vulnerable population. It’s estimated there are fewer than 500 ‘akikiki left in the wild.