Rio: the Movie
Based on a true story
Imagine, for a moment, being one of the last of our species…it’s pretty hard to fathom. There would be no one else for miles around, and you’d be very lonely.
That is how it was for Presley, a lone Spix’s Macaw living in a Colorado living room. He was one of the last of his kind.
There has been a lot of buzz about the release of Rio: the Movie, a quirky tale about a hapless macaw and his journey to a new life. What many people do not realize is that this story is based on the real story of Presley, a critically endangered Spix’s Macaw that was found languishing in Colorado in 2002 after the death of his mate. The story of how he was found and sent back to his native Brazil to meet a new mate is nothing short of miraculous!
Read Presley’s incredible rescue story in the Dec. 2002 article from the Washington Post:
Spix’s have been considered extinct in the wild since 2000, with fewer than 85 birds currently remaining in captivity. You can learn more about the Spix’s Macaw and other endangered parrots at the World Parrot Trust website: http://www.parrots.org
So grab your kids, spouse and anyone else who enjoys a feel-good animated story, and head out to see Rio this weekend. And while you are at it, take the time to reflect on the deeper meaning of the movie. Blu’s and Presley’s stories have happy endings. Let’s make sure that other Spix’s Macaws do, too.