The Mariana Avifauna Conservation (MAC) program was developed in 2004 to advance the science of relocating endangered bird species and to coordinate the expertise of wildlife professionals from around the world to assist with conservation actions that are necessary to ensure the conservation of native species. This program focuses on bird species native to the Mariana archipelago, a group of islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean.
Why do they need our support?
This conservation program works to protect the native species of the Mariana Islands from the brown tree snake, an invasive species that was introduced to the islands post-World War II. Because the brown tree snake has no natural predators on these islands and preys on the islands’ native bird species, they multiplied quickly and have had a very negative impact on the bird species of the Mariana Islands.
How is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo helping?
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a proud financial supporter of the Mariana Avifauna Conservation (MAC) and their efforts to provide the native species of the Mariana archipelago with the best possible chances for long-term survival. The Zoo had dedicated time and talent by sending knowledgeable staff overseas to contribute to research and ongoing conservation efforts.