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The Socorro Dove: A Conservation Tale
This is the story of the Socorro dove, one of the most endangered species that no one has ever heard of...
Join the ABQ BioPark Curator of Birds, Peter Shannon, for a presentation following the tail of the Socorro dove from the 19th century to the present day. The Zoo's involvement is just the latest chapter in a long convoluted tale of a species in crisis and the efforts underway to secure its future.
History of the Socorro Dove
The Socorro dove (Zenaida graysoni) was endemic to the island of Socorro, the largest of the four islands that make up the Revillagigedo archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Mexico. First described in 1865 by American naturalist Andrew Jackson Grayson, there was not a great deal known about the species prior to its extinction in the wild in the mid 1970s.
Fortunately, a small captive population has persisted in European and North American collections for nearly 100 years. This extraordinary conservation tale exemplifies the dedication and perseverance required to prevent a species from disappearing forever.
Brown Bag Lectures
Brown Bag lectures take place twice a month on Thursdays and Saturdays, alternating between the Aquarium/Botanic Garden and the Zoo.