Guam Ko’ko’ Promoted on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo attended a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to raise awareness of endangered species and the need for federal policies to support endangered species conservation.
The Guam Rail, known as Ko’ko’ in Guam’s native Chamorro language, was exhibited by the Philadelphia Zoo as an example of the successes possible by collaborative programs to safeguard endangered species. Since 1983, the Philadelphia Zoo has participated in the Guam Bird Rescue Project. The Zoo has successfully preserved two adult and ten baby Ko’ko’.
“Guam’s native Ko’ko’ is among the most endangered species. I was pleased to learn of the efforts the Guam Bird Rescue Project is making to conserve and protect the Ko’ko’. Through its efforts, and those of Guam’s local conservation organizations, I am hopeful that we will revitalize the Ko’ko’ population so this species will return to its native Guam and be enjoyed by future generations. I will continue to promote in Congress strong federal investments and policies in support of endangered species conservation.”