2. Birds on the Brink

San Diego Zoo Global’s Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program has been working to save birds from the brink for the past 18 years. The ‘alala, or Hawaiian crow, an important seed disperser on the islands, had dwindled to 20 birds in 1994. Despite a flock of challenges, including inbreeding and congenital abnormalities, successful reproduction has prevailed, and now the species numbers 95 birds. Last year, 19 healthy chicks were raised, making it the most successful hatching season to date! Thanks to our generous supporters, we were able to add 24 new aviary units to the Maui Bird Conservation Center. Due to the breeding successes, for the first time there is optimism that the ‘alala can be restored to the wild.

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