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Parrot Release at the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
July 12, 2013

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The following photographs depict the release of 17 Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) this week into Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, ending their harrowing three-year journey in the international illegal wildlife trade.
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                    (© Sherry McKelvie. All rights reserved)
Caption: Dr. Jane Goodall, joined by WPT Biologist Dr. Rowan Martin and representatives from the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, setting free the first group of Grey Parrots.


                    (© Charles Bergman. All rights reserved)
Caption: The first Grey Parrot discovers the open hatch.


                    (© Charles Bergman. All rights reserved)
Caption: First steps to freedom.


                    (© Charles Bergman. All rights reserved)
Caption: Success! Safe to Fly Free again!

Returning to Africa
March 12, 2013

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The following photographs depict the return of parrots confiscated in Bulgaria being returned to Africa for rehabilitation, and preparation for release back to the wild.
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                    (© Stefan Avramov - Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. All rights reserved)
Caption: Three of the confiscated Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus)
at the Sofia Zoo, Bulgaria before their departure.


                    (© Stefan Avramov - Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. All rights reserved)
Caption: At the Sofia airport, from left: Dr. Gino Conzo, Elitsa Ivanova (Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation), Svilen Stamatov (Bulgarian Animal Transport), Irina Sahatchieva (Sofia Zoo), Stefan Avramov (Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation).


                    (© Stefan Avramov - Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. All rights reserved)
Caption: Dr. Gino Conzo (right) and Svilen Stamatov, Bulgarian Animal Transport, checking the parrots in one of the travel containers.


                    (© Stefan Avramov - Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation. All rights reserved)
Caption: The parrot's travel containers being transported to the airplane.


                    (© Sherry McKelvie. All rights reserved)
Caption: The arrival of the Grey Parrots to Uganda.


                    (© Sherry McKelvie. All rights reserved)
Caption: Dr. Joshua Rukundo welcomes the birds at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.


                    (© Sherry McKelvie. All rights reserved)
Caption: Containers are opened; the bravest take the first tentative steps.


                    (© Sherry McKelvie. All rights reserved)
Caption: Warming to their new aviary! Within the first 30 minutes after release, the Greys were flying down to enjoy food prepared by Ngamba staff.

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