Rare Pigeon halts development of Atlantic Rainforest Exhibit
The rebuild of the Word Land Trust’s (WLT) RHS Chelsea Flower Show Exhibit came to a halt in June after a Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura Victoria) nested in the Tropical Realm, at Chester Zoo, where the exhibit is under construction. The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is a spectacular turkey-sized bird from New Guinea and is the largest pigeon species in the world. Classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of endangered species, the wild population of this beautiful bird is declining due to hunting, but it is part of a captive breeding programme currently being run at Chester Zoo. The Tropical Realm is home to 43 free-flying and breeding birds and this is the first breeding success for a Victoria Crowned Pigeon at the zoo for many years. WLT’s Saving the Atlantic Rainforest Exhibit is being relocated to Chester Zoo which is a wonderful outcome and will give more people an opportunity to see a little bit of Atlantic Rainforest for themselves. As joint holders of the National Collection of Pleurothallid orchids Chester Zoo generously loaned a number of specimen plants which significantly enhanced the Chelsea exhibit. The exhibit, consists of a rangers hut, tree nursery and medicinal plant garden, and will be used as an educational display at the zoo. Visitors to the zoo will be able to look at the award winning (Gold Medal and Best in Section) garden as soon as keepers are sure that the single chick will not be disturbed by completion of the building work.