The World's Amazon
Parrots Need Your Help

In the wild, many species face severe threats from capture for the wildlife trade, human encroachment in habitat areas, catastrophic weather events and persecution as pests. The World Parrot Trust is dedicated to saving these birds, and we need your help.


 

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MAJOR THREATS

  • <img src='/amazons/images/spacer.png' width='200' height='1'><br>Threats:</strong> <br><br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>•</span> poaching for <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>wildlife trade</span><br><span style='padding: 0;color: rgba(255,255,255,.2);'>•   <br><span style='padding: 0;color: rgba(255,255,255,.2);'>•</span>  </span><br><br>
  • <img src='/amazons/images/spacer.png' width='200' height='1'><br>Threats:</strong> <br><br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>•</span> poaching for <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>wildlife trade</span><br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>• <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>habitat</span> destruction <br><span style='padding: 0;color: rgba(255,255,255,.2);'>•</span>  <br><br>
  • <img src='/amazons/images/spacer.png' width='200' height='1'><br>Threats:</strong> <br><br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>•</span> poaching for <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>wildlife trade</span><br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>• <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>habitat</span> destruction <br><span style='padding: 0;color: #fff;'>•</span> persecution as <span style='padding: 0;color: #ffff00;'>crop pests</span><br><br>

In developing nations many species are caught for the pet trade, and chicks are robbed from wild nests. They often live short miserable lives and are replaced by another, and then another.

Disappearing habitat affects many species that range throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Island species are especially hard by significant weather events.






 


FINDING SOLUTIONS: Project Highlights

WPT and our partners are taking concrete actions to save many species. Your support can empower these efforts.
Here are some of the projects we are already working on:



Rehabilitation and release efforts are underway in Brazil for a species hit hard by trade and habitat destruction.

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Essential research into nesting behaviours of this critically endangered species is underway.

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Habitat restoration, education, parrot rescue and anti-poaching efforts are increasing populations on Bonaire.

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Genetic research identified two new species under threat. Rescue and release efforts are ongoing.

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A new project will be focused on surveying populations and initiating a nest box programme.

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Surveying wild populations and supporting breeding and release efforts beginning in several countries.

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And our efforts won't end here, as many more species still need help. With your support we'll be there whenever
and wherever help is needed. Please, help us continue. Donate today!




 


MAKING AN IMPACT

When you support the World Parrot Trust (WPT), your gifts are making a direct impact on the lives of thousands of parrots, both in the wild and in captivity.

Contributions are focused on areas where they will have the greatest impact for Amazon parrots. They enable in-country work to be carried out by WPT staff and well-placed partners in developing nations where parrots and people are often struggling to exist, concern for wildlife is low, but opportunities to help are great.

BUILDING ON A STRONG HISTORY...

For over two decades, the World Parrot Trust has been a strong force working for Amazon awareness and conservation.
Here are a few highlights:

  • From 1990 to 2001, the World Parrot Trust supported the St. Vincent Amazon (Amazona guildingii) by providing veterinary help, funds to carry out much needed surveys of populations and habitat, and aviary construction for captive breeding populations. WPT has also produced a successful series of conservation educational buses in Central America, including one on St. Vincent.

    Learn more at parrots.org

  • From 1999-2001 WPT collaborated with Rare Species Conservatory Foundation on Dominica to purchase land to preserve habitat, educate people in local communities, research the ecology of the species, and encourage captive breeding programs. The successful local education, land preservation and conservation have stabilized the population of this species.

    Learn more at parrots.org

  • Paul Butler of RARE Conservation asked the WPT to provide a parrot education bus for the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The Trust provided the Jaquot Express – a bus retrofitted with educational toys, videos and displays for kids to enjoy and learn from. The bus was then shipped out on a banana boat and handed over to staff of the island's forestry department. This bus was to travel all over the island, visiting schools and public venues, telling the story of the St. Lucia Amazon (Amazona versicolor) and what had to be done to save it from extinction.

    Learn more at parrots.org

  • In 2001 WPT collaborated with the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation on Dominica to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle, provide an educational bus, monitor the birds' ecology and status, and help to fund the purchase of land for the creation of a national park to help protect these birds. Successful local education, land preservation and conservation have reduced further loss in populations.

    Learn more at parrots.org

  • Mexico was the main importing country for wild caught birds originating from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2007 an in-depth report on the illegal parrot trade found that about 65,000 to 78,500 parrots and macaws are unlawfully captured each year. About 50,000 of them die from stress, rough handling, disease, crush injuries or dehydration during capture and transport before reaching their destination.

    Educational efforts to halt this massive trade were initiated recently by the World Parrot Trust and its partner in Mexico, Defenders of Wildlife.

    In 2008, the Mexican government permanently outlawed the trapping and export of their native parrots.

    Learn more at parrots.org


With your support we’ve been able to help these and other Amazons at risk. Please, help us continue. Donate today!