About 60 Santa Cruz Ground-Doves have been shipped from Solomon Islands to Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park to form an assurance colony with the hope of repopulating their homeland.
These were among a 112 doves rescued from poachers. The transfer to Singapore has become the last hope for the doves after a volcano eruption wiped out a large proportion of the species native to Tinakula, one of Solomon Islands’ numerous isles.
The doves are currently undergoing a one-month quarantine at the bird park. Thereafter, they will be on display at the park’s Wings of Asia exhibit, which houses other threatened birds from the Indo-Pacific region such as the Bali Mynah, Black-winged Mynah, Edward’s Pheasant, Blue-crowned Laughingthrush and Straw-headed Bulbul.
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