Translocation of the Rimatara Lory in the South Pacific – success or failure?
Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Bruce Rideout, San Diego Zoo International, San Diego.
Pacific islands harbor some of the most interesting and beautiful birds in the world, but many species have gone extinct since the arrival of Polynesians and Europeans due to hunting, habitat loss, and the impact of introduced predators and diseases. Those that have survived are among the most endangered birds in the world. In 2007, a small population of Rimatara Lories was translocated from the island of Rimatara in French Polynesia to Atiu in the Cook Islands in order to establish a second population as a hedge against extinction. In 2016, the original translocation team revisited Atiu to assess the success of this effort by conducting a survey of the translocated population and evaluating progress in the eradication effort for introduced mynahs. In this presentation, Bruce will provide a brief background for this conservation effort, present the conclusions of the program assessment, and share photos and recordings of the birds of Atiu.
Bruce Rideout is a pathologist and disease investigation specialist for the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he is director of the Wildlife Disease Laboratories. He received his DVM and PhD degrees from the University of California, Davis, completed a pathology residency at the National Zoo in Washington DC, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He is also a Research Fellow of The Peregrine Fund and participates in a variety of conservation efforts, including recovery programs for California condors, Mojave Desert tortoises, and Hawaiian forest birds. His research focuses primarily on infectious diseases of wildlife, avian embryo pathology, and disease risk assessments for reintroduction programs. In his spare time, he studies the songs and calls of terrestrial birds, and helps to organize pelagic birding trips for Buena Vista Audubon.