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Aquarium Research: Species Survival Program

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.