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Zoo-hatched Rare Rail Introduced to California Marsh

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This light-footed clapper rail, an endangered species endemic to Southern California marshlands, was fitted with an identification band yesterday in preparation for its release into the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in San Diego County.

Sixteen clapper rails that were hatched at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld San Diego and the Chula Vista Nature Center earlier this year were introduced into the marshland as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service clapper rail recovery program, San Diego Zoo said in a statement.

The decade-old program has now released more than 220 light-footed clapper rails into Southern California marshlands between Santa Barbara and San Diego, the zoo added.

Photo by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo