Local Author Jose Gallego Publishes “Little Lola Koko” Book For Children

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Gallego says his goal really is to provide awareness to the need for the ecological restoration of the Koko.

Guam – A local author has written a kids book about the Koko.

 

Jose Gallego says he hopes his self-published “Little Lola Koko” book will encourage kids to learn more about the endemic endangered territorial bird of Guam. It’s called the Koko in CHamoru or the Guam Rail in English. Gallego says his goal really is to provide awareness to the need for the ecological restoration of the Koko.

This native bird is extinct from the wild but has been kept alive in captive breeding programs spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture here on Guam and assisted by zoos throughout the U.S. “My passion right now is to tell a story even though there might be tragedy or hopelessness to try to bring hope from a current situation and I see that with the Koko it was a hopeless situation especially in the 1980’s where it was almost extinct not just in the wild but extinct everywhere,” said Gallego. You can find the book at the Faith bookstore. It sells for just $7.99 cents a copy.