HARI has not only been a leader in the enhancement of parrot care in captivity, we are also proud to partner with conservation projects in the wild. We support the work of leading organizations in preserving parrot species and their natural world for future generations.
In 1994 Loro Parque founded Loro Parque Fundación, an international foundation member of IUCN set up to highlight the need for conservation of nature and the environment. The foundation has carried out 82 conservation projects in 28 countries throughout the world, of which 31 keep being active with approximately 150 persons working daily for the conservation of nature. Since its creation they have spent more than $10,000,000 in such projects. The foundation is particularly active in conserving the most endangered parrot species in the world, both with captive breeding (such as with the critically endangered Spix’s macaw) and field projects as well (such as with the equally critically endangered indigo-winged parrot)
The ARA Project
Launched in 1982, the Ara Project is dedicated to saving Costa Rica’s parrots who are facing the threat of extinction. Their efforts so far have mostly been towards saving the two native Macaws: the endangered Great- green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). But with the shocking results following recent studies on the native Yellow- naped Amazon parrot, The Ara Project will soon be expanding its work. All three species have been heavily impacted by human pressures including unsustainable capture for the wild bird trade, hunting and habitat loss, and their populations have been significantly reduced. They are still at risk in the wild, and are in urgent need of help.
The vision of The Ara Project’s efforts is to have thriving parrot populations in healthy, protected ecosystems, across their former range in Costa Rica. Up to 2016 most of the organisations’ work has been to reintroduce Macaws at strategic points located between areas where wild populations occur. As they will continue to release and monitor Macaws at their two most successful release sites, Punta Islita (Scarlet Macaw) and Manzanillo (Great- green Macaw), they are currently expanding their efforts. Emphasizing on strategic collaborations between key-partners across the country, the organisation is now implementing targeted conservation management of the wild population, ultimately working towards a species recovery plan.
The Ara Project is a Costa Rican licensed, government-supervised, conservation organization operated by the non-profit organization Asociación El Proyecto Ara. Its primary mission is to implement conservation action that restores healthy populations of native parrots throughout their historic ranges in Costa Rica.
HARI Conservation efforts with The Ara Project
Belize Bird Rescue
Avian Rehabilitation Centre & Bird Sanctuary
Founded in 2004, Belize Bird Rescue (NGO) operates under license and support from the Government of Belize Forest Department, and is Belize’s only multi-species avian rescue and rehabilitation centre.
Working under a Belize Forest Department mandate for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild-caught parrots in the illegal pet trade in Belize. Capturing and keeping wild parrots is illegal in Belize. The Belize Forest Department is responsible for enforcement but are battling cultural resistance and lack of resources. Belize Bird Rescue assist the Forest Department by providing the rehabilitation facility for confiscated birds, assistance and funding for logistics, as well as educational materials, banding equipment and handling training for enforcement officers.
HARI Conservation efforts with the Belize Bird Rescue:
Parrots International was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of endangered parrot species and improving the welfare of both companion parrots and parrots in the wild. They are committed to remaining non-partisan, above “eco-politics” and working cooperatively with other conservation organizations for the maximum benefit of the birds. Parrots International develops, funds, and supports an array of conservation projects. Parrots International strives to form strategic cooperative partnerships with organizations and field projects. The majority of Parrots International supported projects are in Central and South American and the Caribbean. Examples include the Spix’s Macaw; the Lear’s Macaw Project; The Puerto Rican Parrot; The Hyacinth Macaw; The Great-green Macaw; The Military Macaw; The Blue-fronted Amazon; The Slender-billed Conure; Pfrimer’s Parakeet; Bahama Parrot; and the Blue-throated Macaw.
American Federation of Aviculture
The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity. AFA has a membership consisting of bird breeders, pet bird owners, avian veterinarians, pet/bird store owners, bird product manufacturers, and other people interested in the future of aviculture. AFA defines anyone keeping exotic birds in captivity as an “aviculturist” but AFA advocates that this designation carries with it certain responsibilities transcending those of the owners of domesticated pets like dogs and cats.
AFA believes holders of exotic birds need to be aware of the special needs of the species they hold, be aware of their conservation status, up-to-date research findings enhancing the well-being of the birds, and the state and federal regulations pertaining to exotic birds.
Wildlife Preservation Canada
Wildlife Preservation Canada’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada by providing direct, hands-on care.
They are the only organization in Canada to provide this critical need for multiple species in multiple recovery efforts across the country. They specialize in science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction and translocation. Their Action Plan is based on the urgency of the need and is updated annually.
They always work in collaboration with appointed recovery teams and other organizations. Their partners include federal and provincial ministries and parks, habitat-oriented charities and land trusts, zoos, universities and colleges, and local grassroots volunteer groups.
Internationally-known conservation hero and Wildlife Preservation Canada honourary director Richard Fyfe has died. https://wildlifepreservation.ca/canadas-new-noah-program-founder-dies/
Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots
Is a registered non-profit organization based in Germany, dedicated to the protection, the conservation and the development of endangered parrot populations and their habitats.
Their conservation strategy targets two main objectives; (1) They develop measures on site to protect endangered parrots from illegal trafficking and to preserve their natural habitats from human influences. (2) In their breeding facility located in Germany, they engage in the breeding of endangered parrots for the future reintroduction of the birds into the wild and for the development of captive safety populations. To achieve their goals, ACTP works closely with scientific institutions, international organizations and wildlife protection agencies as well as a large community of institutional and private breeding organizations.
Avian Preservation and Education Conservancy
Is a diverse group of researchers, educators and aviculturists. Using problem-based research, they assist with avian conservation programs throughout the world. They also incorporate an education component in their programs by providing hands on training and educational seminars. This has helped local communities set up cottage beekeeping industries and helped local school children learn about the environment. To help bring the lessons of parrot conservation home, they are using data and real-world examples from their projects to create classroom activities for students. These activities have been used in both high school and university classrooms.
Flora & Fauna International
Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation. Their mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs. Their focus is on protecting biodiversity (the diversity of life on Earth), which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life support systems that humans and all other species rely on.
An Island of hope for the yellow-naped parrot
Ometepe, is home to one of the largest remaining populations of the yellow-naped parrot. The Ometepe yellow-naped parrot population is under pressure from habitat degradation and the loss of forest for agriculture, and there is also a growing threat from the illegal pet trade, with chicks being taken from their nests. As a result, this charismatic parrot faces an uncertain future.
To protect this endangered species, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with ornithologists on the island, who have set up a community group, Loreros Observando y Conservando Ometepe, to monitor its population, nesting behaviour and better understand its ecology.