We have had many kingfisher species in our collection since the 1930s. The San Diego Zoo currently has laughing kookaburras as well as blue-breasted, woodland, and white-breasted kingfishers. Our first hatch of an endangered Micronesian kingfisher occurred in 1991, and since that time we’ve welcomed over 90 chicks! Laughing kookaburras are featured in the Zoo’s new Australian Outback exhibit.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrated the hatch of a Micronesian kingfisher in January 2013, the 27th of this species hatched at the Safari Park.
Both the Zoo and the Safari Park have laughing kookaburras trained as animal ambassadors. They make appearances at television studios and take part in animal presentations, always winning over their audiences with their loud and crazy call!
The Micronesian kingfisher Todiramphus cinnamominus was once found throughout the island of Guam in the Mariana Islands, but its population declined dramatically due to predation by the introduce brown tree snake. This bird is now extinct in the wild, and the captive population numbers 150, making it the rarest species in San Diego Zoo Global’s avian collection.
You can help us bring Micronesian kingfishers back from the brink by supporting the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. Together we can save and protect wildlife around the globe.