Meeting Endangered Birds on a Tropical Island Getaway

Meeting Endangered Birds on a Tropical Island Getaway

…I always tell our guests that San Diego Zoo Global has dozens of conservation projects worldwide. But until recently I had never gotten to experience any of our off-site programs. While planning a vacation to the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii, I realized “Hey—we have that bird facility over there!”   read more

Redefining Fatherhood for the Alala

Redefining Fatherhood for the Alala

History was made last year when a young female named Po Mahina became the first of her species to hatch and raise chicks in over 20 years, and she did it all on her own. Now, a year later, history is being made again!   read more

Weathering the Storm: Hurricane Iselle and Endangered Birds

Weathering the Storm: Hurricane Iselle and Endangered Birds

When I found out that not just one, but two hurricanes were headed toward the Big Island of Hawaii, I became worried. Questions started running through my mind: “Are we going to lose power?” “How will the birds handle the hurricane?”   read more

Puaiohi: Travel Made Easy

Puaiohi: Travel Made Easy

Airports are busy and hectic places…. Well, this is a story about the one and only time I was able to bypass all the waiting, because I traveled with two VIBs (Very Important Birds)!   read more

Alala Chicks: Time to Move Out of Mom and Dad’s House!

Alala Chicks: Time to Move Out of Mom and Dad’s House!

Last year was momentous at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Hawaii. For the first time in over 20 years, alala (Hawaiian crows) successfully hatched and reared their own chicks in managed care, completely unassisted!   read more