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Guam Micronesian Kingfisher

In cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Aquarium is currently working to help restore the population of this critically endangered species that is extinct in the wild.

Only about 160 birds currently exist and are housed in 17 facilities located in the United States and Guam. These are the descendants of only 28 birds that remained in Guam in 1988 after the native population was devastated by the introduction of non-native brown tree snakes. Those remaining birds were rescued by Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in order to save the species from extinction. The Aquarium has a pair of birds which we hope will breed and add to the species’ population. Fish and Wildlife biologists are currently attempting to identify suitable, snake-free habitat in Micronesia into which birds can eventually be reintroduced.

In 2014 a new exhibit (habitat) was constructed for our pair of Guam Micronesian Kingfishers. Funding for the aviary came from donations from the Aquarium of the Pacific’s staff.

Species Survival Programs
As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Aquarium of the Pacific is an active supporter of AZA’s Species Survival Programs (SSP). These programs are cooperative efforts by AZA member institutions to manage specific and typically threatened or endangered species populations. Efforts include cooperative breeding programs aimed at increasing genetic diversity among the entire zoo and aquarium populations and various field conservation programs. The Aquarium of the Pacific has several animal species for which AZA has established SSPs, including Guam Micronesian Kingfishers that are extinct in the wild, Magellanic Penguins listed internationally as near threatened, and southern sea otters listed internationally as endangered and as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.