Awkward success for Regent Honeyeater

There is another kind of COVID baby boom at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo with the successful hatching of critically endangered Regent Honeyeater chicks after another successful year of captive breeding.

The zoo’s brand new holding aviary and captive breeding program underway, supported by the Morrison government’s $ 200 million investment in bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat, are helping increase populations of native songbirds that were severely affected by the black summer fires.

Visiting Dubbo Zoo, Environment Minister Sussan Ley said it was amazing to see hatchlings thriving at Regent Honeyeater’s facilities.

“The zoo’s second breeding season is well advanced with 25 chicks having hatched already this year, which means the program has a 100 percent success rate between breeding pairs to date,” said Minister Ley.

“The Regent Honeyeater was one of 119 species identified as priority after the devastating black summer bushfires and is also one of our 100 priority endangered species.

“Our funding supports captive breeding programs so that these birds can eventually be released to their original habitat and also supports pre-release management such as health checks, laboratory testing, release preparation. and field work.

“Other supported programs in Taronga include securing a northern corroborated frog insurance population and expanding the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle conservation breeding program. “

Parkes’ federal member Mark Coulton said the zoo’s rescue, rehabilitation and captive-breeding programs have been very successful.

“Dubbo Zoo is one of many Australian zoos that have played an important role in efforts to save the species hardest hit by the Black Summer bushfires,” Coulton said.

“The Taronga Conservation Society Australia is receiving $ 2.8 million in bushfire recovery funding, which includes projects to help species affected by bushfires, including koalas and the gray-headed flying fox. “

The Australian government has provided $ 10.3 million to directly help zoos and wildlife rescuers access equipment and supplies, treat animals injured in the Black Summer fires, establish or expand programs to captive breeding, build insurance populations and undertake genetic analyzes for species affected by bushfires.

Learn more about the Australian Government’s $ 200 million for wildlife and habitat bushfire recovery.

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