Grey Parrots at severe risk from legal and illegal trade
Formerly widespread over much of Africa, Grey and Timneh Parrots (Psittacus erithacus and P. timneh) are now threatened throughout much of their natural ranges and are disappearing from many countries.
WPT conservation actions: Grey and Timneh parrots have been recently uplisted to Vulnerable by IUCN because of heavy international trade and ongoing habitat loss. These species iare now suspected to be undergoing rapid declines over three generations (47 years). They have been heavily traded: between 1994 and 2003 over 359,000 wild-caught individuals were exported from range states. From 2009 onwards the World Parrot Trust has been working with its local branch in Africa and other NGOs and officials to:
End the trade in wild caught African parrots
Rehabilitate and release confiscated birds
Encourage sustainable alternatives to parrot trapping
Re-establish wild populations in suitable areas of their former range
Raise awareness for the plight of wild Grey and Timneh Parrots
Future actions: WPT will continue to work with numerous NGOs in Africa and organizations around the world to curtail the trade in wild-caught Grey and Timneh Parrots.
Why we need your help?
With your support we can make a difference. Already more than 3000 Greys confiscated from poachers have been returned to the wild. Thousands more can be saved as we petition international governing bodies to eliminate the trade entirely.
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