Light-footed Clapper Rail Making a Comeback
The past year was very successful in the ongoing efforts of conserving the endangered light-footed clapper rail. The number birds in the wild increased from 203 pairs in 1980 to 443 pairs by 2009.
Nine chicks that hatched at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park were released into the wild in San Diego County. Those hatches bring the total number of rail chicks hatched at the SDWAP to 32.
This program is founded on collaboration between organization such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, California Fish and Game, Chula Vista Nature Center, Sea World and ourselves.
Recently, the Safari Park received the American Zoo Association’s Plume Award for noteworthy Avian Husbandry.