100 years later: Cincinnati zoo remembers last passenger pigeon - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

100 years later: Cincinnati zoo remembers last passenger pigeon

Martha, the last passenger pigeon to die in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo, was honored exactly 100 years later with a homing pigeon release. (FOX19 NOW photo) Martha, the last passenger pigeon to die in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo, was honored exactly 100 years later with a homing pigeon release. (FOX19 NOW photo)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Passenger Pigeon Memorial opened Monday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in an effort to educate visitors on the story of the passenger pigeon and modern wildlife conservation efforts.

At one time, there were billions of passenger pigeons in the world. However, hunting and habitat destruction led to the population depleting. The last known wild pigeon was killed in Ohio in 1900, officials said.

After that, a single captive flock existed the Cincinnati Zoo. Several breeding attempts failed, and by 1910, a lone female named Martha remained at the zoo.

When Martha died Sept. 1, 1914, it was the first documented extinction of a species at the hand of man. Her body was frozen and sent by train to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Since Martha's death, legislation was passed to help in conservation efforts.

The zoo's building that hosts the new memorial is the building Martha once inhabited and is also on the National Historic Registry. The zoo honored Martha Monday by a homing pigeon release.

Read additional information about Martha and the conservation effort of wildlife at www.cincinnatizoo.org.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:09:49 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:47 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:47:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, FBI Director Chris Wray speaks at his installation ceremony at the FBI Building in Washington. Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin’s denial of election meddling. ...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.Full Story >
    FBI Director Christopher Wray is dismissing Russia President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling.Full Story >
  • Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:46 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:46:32 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    Full Story >

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    Full Story >
  • Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:20:36 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:27 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:27:34 GMT
    (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

    Full Story >

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly