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Extinct-in-the-Wild Micronesian Kingfisher Hatches at San Antonio Zoo

July 17, 2020

Hard work pays off! San Antonio Zoo has successfully hatched a Micronesian kingfisher for the first time in five years! This species is originally from the island of Guam but it is extinct in the wild, and there is only about 140 of them in human care... Congratulations to the team behind this fantastic achievement!

Australasia's First Breeding of Goliath Bird Eater Tarantula Achieved at Wellington Zoo!

May 03, 2020

In an Australasia's first, and for the first time in 20 years, Wellington Zoo has successfully bred the Goliath birdeater tarantula, the largest arachnid in the world!

Europe's First Successful Breeding of Fairy Penguins Just Occurred at Weymouth Aquarium

March 09, 2020

In an Europe's first, six fairy penguins hatched at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park! The aquarium's fairy penguin colony came from Australia, after the sanctuary that housed them closed in 2018.

San Antonio Zoo Breeds Threatened Salamander Species in a World's First

March 08, 2020

In a world's first, San Antonio Zoo has successfully bred the threatened reticulated flatwoods salamander. The zoo has been working on breeding this species for over 10 years, and this is an important milestone for their conservation, as only two to three populations are known to remain in the wild.

Breakthrough for Cheetah Conservation as First Two Cubs Born via Artificial Insemination & Embryo Transfer at Columbus Zoo

February 26, 2020

In a world's first, two cheetah cubs have been born via artificial insemination and embryo transfer. This was achieved by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium & partners, and represents a breakthrough for the management and conservation of this species.
The biological mother of the cubs has valuable genes for the ex-situ population but the surrogate mother, whose genes are already well represented, is younger and has a better chance of delivering healthy cubs.

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