Memphis Zoo First To Successfully Hatch Tinian Monarch

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(Memphis) A Tinian monarch hatched at the Memphis Zoo on June 6th is the first to be successfully hatched in captivity in the world.

The small bird’s sex is currently unknown.

“This is a tremendous achievement, and we are so proud,” Herb Roberts, curator at the Memphis Zoo, said. “The process has been documented and we hope to build on this breakthrough. The dedicated staff of bird keepers can take pride in their achievement.”

The baby Tinian monarch fledged from the nest on June 19th.

The small, brownish birds are only found on the island of Tinian, which is one of the Mariana Islands in an area close to the Philippine Sea.

Tinian monarchs are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature because of their limited range, their dependence on specific forest habitat and the threat of non-native predators, including the brown tree snake.

The Memphis Zoo released the following information about its Tinian Monarchs:

“The first Tinian monarchs to be held in captivity were captured and distributed to select AZA zoos in 2009 and 2010. The Mariana Avifauna Conservation program managed all aspects of this event.

“This species has proven difficult to keep in captivity and all remaining monarchs are held at the Memphis Zoo. Breeding attempts have been under way since 2009.”

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