The Montserrat oriole is threatened with extinction. In the wild, there are less than 500 of these animals left. Zoos throughout Europe are doing their best to keep this species from disappearing by breeding a back-up population. Avifauna participates in this effort. They have had a breeding pair since 2009, but the brooding season that year was disturbed by the break-in. Now there is finally a hatchling. At this point, there are approximately 70 Montserrat orioles in various zoos around the world, but as this is not sufficient to protect the birds from extinction, Avifauna is very pleased with the hatching. The birds remain a possession of the government authorities of Montserrat – a British overseas territory in the Caribbean – and may be re-released on the island in the future.