The wild population of Regent Honeyeaters has received a big boost thanks to the largest ever release of honeyeaters into the wild.
Over the past 10 days, around 70 zoo-bred birds were released in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park to bolster the dwindling population.
Here at Adelaide Zoo, we’re bursting with pride that 3 of the critically endangered birds were bred by our dedicated bird department.
With less than 400 Regent Honeyeaters remaining in the wild, this is an important contribution to securing the future of this threatened species before it’s too late.
Fragmentation, small population size and restricted habitat availability make the species highly vulnerable to extinction.
Importantly, the birds are fitted with trackers to monitor their behaviour. Nearly all birds fitted with trackers have already been recorded, with plenty of evidence to suggest that the behaviours shown by the release birds will place them in good stead to thrive in the wild environment.
Good luck little ones!