When brown tree snakes arrived on Guam, most likely on cargo ships in the 1940s and 1950s, they wiped out the rails and other native animal populations. When the rails were relocated to a snake-free island, they fell prey to feral cats.
Control of the snake and feral cat populations is needed if these birds are to be successful in the wild once again. Currently, they live in the wild only on the island of Rota, as an introduced population. Find out more!