Guam Rail (Gallirallus owstoni) Recovery Program and Species Survival Plan: In-Situ Population Health Status and Medical Husbandry for Pre-Release Candidates
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference 2008
Deidre K. Fontenot1, DVM; Scott P. Terrell1, DVM, DACVP; Kevin Malakooti2, DVM; Suzanne Medina3
1Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; 2Animal Medical Clinic, Dededo, Guam, USA; 3Department of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, Mangilao, Guam, USA


The contribution of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions to the in-situ Guam Rail Recovery Program has been exceptional. Transfer of birds from the mainland captive population to the captive population on Guam requires careful medical evaluation of each individual bird prior to shipment. Medical husbandry of these individuals can dictate whether birds are suitable for participation in the repatriation program due to governmental and Species Survival Plan (SSP) guidelines.


The authors thank all AZA institutions that currently or historically have held Guam rails. All institutions have made significant contributions to these programs. Financial support for health assessments for the recovery program were provided by Disney’s® Animal Programs Conservation Action Strategy and Cast Conservation Programs.


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Deidre K. Fontenot, DVM
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA

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