Long Live the Locals
On nearby San Clemente Island, a bird subspecies found only in this one spot in Southern California was going extinct. There were only 14 to 18 San Clemente Island loggerhead shrikes left in 1991, and they needed help if they were going to survive. In collaboration with the U.S. Navy, which had jurisdiction over the island, the Zoological Society began an emergency conservation program to incubate eggs and raise chicks at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park to build the population. Biologists also collected eggs from wild parents to raise on the island, so the parents would “double clutch” and produce another set of chicks. The efforts were successful, and in 1992, the Stone Station research facility was established on the island to continue breeding the birds and prepare for a reintroduction program.