Captive Breeding of Galapagos Birds | November 6th, 2008

In September Harriet Good, the Senior Curator of Birds from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Jersey Zoo, with the help of Cristina Georgii from CDF, held a workshop on breeding wild bird species in captivity. Harriet has been working on the critically endangered mangrove finch Cactospiza heliobates whose numbers are less than 100. The techniques will also be vital for the proposed plan to breed the Floreana Mockingbird Mimus trifasciatus in captivity prior to re-introducing it to the island of Floreana. It is currently found only on Champion and Gardner by Floreana Island. The Floreana Mockingbird is reduced to around 130 individuals.