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Asian Song Bird Conservation

The Tulsa Zoo is a proud conservation partner of the Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre (CCBC) located in Indonesia within the Cikananga Wildlife Center.

The Tulsa Zoo is in support of breeding endemic Indonesian species that are threatened with extinction. The breeding of the species housed at CCBC is done so with genetic management software to preserve their genetic diversity. Currently, CCBC houses and successfully breeds the Black-winged Myna (Acridotheres melanopterus), the Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufifrons), the Javan Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina), and the Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor).

With the support of the Tulsa Zoo and others around the world, the CCBC has become a leader in breeding Asian songbirds.

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Veterinarian Field Station and Asian Songbird breeding and release program

The immediate goal of the program is focused on developing a genetically managed breeding program and then eventually release individuals back into available safe habitats in their geographic range. The release goal will take time and is a long-term goal due to the unprecedented rate of habitat loss within Indonesia.  Because of the rapid habitat loss creating a captive population and creating satellite populations is recognized by the CCBC as being a major priority before species are lost to extinction.