The release is only one part of the recovery efforts for the ʻalalā. Captive breeding and restoration of our Hawaiian forests are key factors as well.
As of 2016, there were over 100 birds in two breeding facilities managed by the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program (San Deigo Zoo Global).
ʻAlalā are housed at the Keauhou and Maui Bird Conservation Centers. Dedicated staff members care for the birds 365 days a year, preparing diets and feeding the birds, cleaning aviaries, managing breeding activities, providing veterinary care, and much more.
Considering all the challenges faced by the captive breeding program, reaching over 100 birds in captivity is a great success.
Conservation agencies across Hawaiʻi Island have been working tirelessly for many years to protect and restore Hawaiian forests that the ʻalalā can call home.
To learn more about Hawaiʻi Island conservation agencies and their projects, visit their websites by clicking on the links:Click here to read the ʻAlalā Recovery Plan, prepared by the US Fish and Wildlife Service