Zoo celebrating rare dove birth
John Ellis, the Zoological Society of London's Curator of Birds, said: "This is an enormous success for London Zoo and a real tribute to the hard work and expertise of our keepers. "I would like to think that this captive breeding success marks a change in the fortunes of the Socorro dove, and we are delighted to be playing our part in the reintroduction programme." The species died out after falling prey to a rising number of feral cats. They were hunted by humans for food and overgrazing by sheep also destroyed much of their forest floor habitat. As part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria breeding programme, it is hoped Arnie's descendants will eventually be reintroduced into the forests of Socorro.