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.