First Hatch of Critically Endangered Species Two Species on the Brink of Extinction Being Brought Into Safety from Threats in the Wild

Newly hatched ‘Akikiki chicks - Six tiny nestlings at San Diego Zoo Global's facilities in Hawaii are being closely watched by conservation biologists. These six chicks represent hope for a small Hawaiian bird species known as the 'Akikiki. The species is being brought into captivity to start a breeding population through a collaborative effort by the Kaua'i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP), State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources' (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office (USFWS-PIFWO) and San Diego Zoo Global. Eggs from 'Akikiki and 'Akeke'e nests were collected from the wild recently as part of an effort to preserve these two bird species from extinction. "Both the 'Akikiki and 'Akeke'e have shown steep declines over the past 10 to 15 years, and now number fewer than 1,000 birds each," said John Vetter, forest bird recovery Ccordinator of the DLNR's Division of Forestry and Wildlife. "A panel of experts in Hawaiian forest bird conservation convened to identify steps needed to preserve these species and ranked the initiation of captive breeding populations as one of the highest priorities for both species." The 'Akikiki and 'Akeke'e are two species of Hawaiian honeycreeper found only on the island of Kaua'i. These two small bird species have been severely affected by introduced diseases such as avian malaria, loss of native forest habitat, hurricanes, and the introduction of non-native predator species in the wild. Very little is known about them and they have not been raised in a zoological setting before. Conservationists with the HEBCP have worked successfully with a number of other similar native Hawaiian birds and are using these techniques to ensure both species will thrive. "By bringing 'Akikiki and 'Akeke'e into captivity for breeding purposes, we will prevent their extinction and support their future recovery by releasing captive-reared offspring int - San Diego, California, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015 (8 Pictures)


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