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Memphis Zoo Hatches first ever Tinian Monarch

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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 achievement."

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. 

These birds 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 brown treesnake.

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 event.

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.

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