Biologists capture one of the last remaining akikiki birds in hopes of saving the species before it goes extinct

A 10-day search-and-rescue mission for the last remaining akikiki, a Hawaiian honeycreeper, on Kauai led to the capture of one of the birds.

What You Need To Know

    • The population of akikiki has dropped to just two male birds at Halehaha on Kauai
    • The main culprit is mosquitoes, which infect akikiki with deadly avian malaria and the insects have been able to access higher-altitude forests as climate change makes these areas warmer
    • Now, the Kauai Forest Recovery Project hopes to bring the last few birds into captivity to protect them from avian malaria
  • On Sept. 2, a rescue team was able to capture Carrot, one of the two akikiki still in Halehaha

Staff from the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and a bird care expert teamed up for the dire mission in Halehaha, according to a Department of Land and Natural Resources news release.


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