MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce its first
ever hatching of a Tinian Monarch. The chick, whose sex is unknown, is the
first successful captive hatchling in the world.
The chick was hatched on
June 6, and fledged from the nest on June 19.
“This is a tremendous
achievement, and we are so proud,” said Herb Roberts, Curator at the Memphis
Zoo. “The process has been documented and we hope to build on this
breakthrough. The dedicated staff of bird keepers can take pride in their
Tinian monarchs are small,
brownish birds that are found only on the island of Tinian. Tinian is part of a
group of islands known as the Mariana Islands, which are located in an area
close to the Philippine Sea.
Tinian monarchs are listed
as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They
are vulnerable because of their very limited range, their dependence on
specific forest habitat and the threat of non-native predators, such as the
About the Memphis Zoo Tinian Monarchs
The first Tinian monarchs
to be held in captivity were captured and distributed to select AZA zoos in
2009 and 2010. The Mariana Avifauna Conservation program managed all aspects of
This species has proven
difficult to keep in captivity and all remaining monarchs are held at the
Memphis Zoo. Breeding attempts have been under way since 2009.