Socorro Dove

The hope of returning these birds to the wild may become a reality some day.
See Socorro doves in the Tropical America exhibit at the Zoo.

Socorro dove in Tropical America.

Socorro doves (Zenaida graysoni), which lived exclusively on Socorro Island off the coast of Mexico, are extinct in the wild. The Socorro Dove Project is an international endeavor of zoos to return Socorro doves back to their native home. The ABQ BioPark is home to about one-third of the entire Socorro dove population. Our zoo has a very successful breeding program, and biologists are sending birds to other zoos to help increase genetic diversity.

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