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The World Parrot Trust supports the ongoing efforts of this dedicated group of partner agencies. Each organization coordinates activities in their home countries that may include rehabilitation, conservation, education, welfare, and legislative efforts to protect parrots and end the trade in wild caught birds.

 

ARA Project

ARA Project

(Costa Rica)
WPT partner ARA Project is based in Costa Rica and is a licensed zoological park and non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the two native macaw species of Costa Rica: the critically endangered Great Green or Buffon's Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). The ARA Project incorporates breeding techniques and aviary management in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with Costa Rican wildlife authorities.
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Asociacion Copan

Asociacion Copan & Macaw Mountain

(Honduras)
To return the Scarlet Macaws to their ancestral home a conservation, rehabilitation and release project was launched in Honduras. The participants are the World Parrot Trust, Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve, the Honduran Institute of Anthropogy and History (IHAH), and the Copan Association. Together these organizations have launched a multi year effort to return Scarlet Macaws to the Parque Arqueologico Ruinas De Copan, a national park and Mayan Heritage Site.
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Bird Conservation Nepal

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN)

(Nepal)
Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) is the largest and oldest civil society organization dedicated to the interests of ornithologists, bird watchers and conservationists in Nepal. It seeks to promote interest in birds amongst the general public, encourage research on bird biology and ecology, identify major threats to birds and act to conserve birds and their habitats. It also provides the most authentic information on birds and their habitats across Nepal. The World Parrot Trust has partnered with BCN to conduct a study of the illegal bird trade in Nepal and conduct a regional workshop in Kathmandu with stakeholders to discuss bird protection and the trade issue in Nepal. Subsequent support efforts have also includes a broadly distributed education program in the region.
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Belize Bird Rescue

Belize Bird Rescue

(Belize)
The Belize Bird Rescue is a non-profit volunteer-based center that takes in injured, sick and abused birds and, wherever possible, rehabilitates and releases them back to the wild. BBR began rescuing birds in April 2004 with the arrival of two Red-lored Amazon chicks, and as of mid-2011 have cared for 109 birds and made 80+ successful releases, of which 54 are parrots. WPT has partnered with the center to aid in the rehabilitation and release of confiscated parrots as well and supporting efforts to conserve the endangered Yellow-headed Amazon.
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CONREHABIT

Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Habitat (CONREHABIT)

(Mexico)
WPT partner CONREHABIT is a non-profit association based in Mazatlan, Mexico, dedicated to increasing the awareness of the effects of economic development on the fragile Mexican tropical dry forest ecosystem. CONREHABIT promotes conservation efforts in northwestern Mexico, actively seeks to educate the public on the importance of conservation, works with government agencies to minimize the detrimental effects of development on the local ecosystem, and maintains facilities for the study and rehabilitation of wildlife.
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Echo

Echo

(Bonaire)
Bonaire-based Echo is dedicated to the protection of the Yellow-shouldered Amazon (Amazona barbadensis). The group conducts valuable research so they understand the ecological and human factors that threaten parrots. Their conservation initiatives provide long-term solutions for people and parrots. Echo has partnered with WPT and the Fly Free programme to help protect Yellow-shouldered Amazons and other native parrots from the wild bird trade.

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Fundación Ecológica Rescate Jambelí

Fundación Ecológica Rescate Jambelí

(Ecuador)
Fundación Ecológica Rescate Jambelí (FERJ) is a private NGO working for and promoting the conservation of the biodiversity of Ecuador. The work done by Fundación Jambelí, as it's known, actually started in 1982, becoming the first wildlife rescue center in the country. It became a foundation in 1996, directing its main efforts towards wildlife conservation and natural resources sustainable management, as well as providing support to rural communities situated near important mangrove ecosystems. Jambelí Wildlife Conservation Center is nowadays the foundation's main activity focusing on rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals, mainly parrots, in coordination with the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador. Jambeli's work includes ex situ breeding projects for endangered species such as the brown-headed spider monkey, the American crocodile and the great green macaw, aiming to release captive-bred individuals back to the wild. WPT has joined our parrot conservation efforts supporting the great green macaw breeding project as well as rescue, rehabilitation and release projects for Amazona autumnalis lilacina and Aratinga sp.

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Fundación del Río

Fundación del Río

(Nicaragua)
Fundación del Río works for the conservation of the ecosystems in Southeastern Nicaragua by promoting environmental protection, sustainable management, environmental education, the use of alternative technologies, ecotourism, and scientific research. To raise awareness for the Great Green Macaws and other birds and their habitat it organizes an yearly 3 day excursion (trek?) and photo contest for birdwatchers, photographers and scientists in the Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve.

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LAGA

Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA)

(Cameroon)
The Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA) is a field-based organization launched in 2002 in Cameroon and designed to establish the effective enforcement of local wildlife law that is critical to the survival of threatened animals. LAGA works in conjunction with Cameroonian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry (MINEF) and is the first specialized Law Enforcement NGO in the area. It focuses on creating factors to deter wildlife dealers, the primary generators of the illegal bushmeat business, the ivory trade and the pet trade. Ongoing efforts include investigations, operations, legal assistance, media publicity work. WPT support of LAGA efforts have helped to further the confiscations of illegal shipments of Grey Parrots in Cameroon.
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LWC

Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC)

(Cameroon)
The Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) is a rescue and rehabilitation project situated in the South West Region of Cameroon. LWC plays an active role in local conservation efforts by being actively involved in the implementation of national wildlife protection laws and by providing a center for animals seized by law enforcement agencies. WPT has supported the LWC and their efforts to rehabilitate and release thousands of Grey Parrots confiscated from illegal shipments.


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Lwiro Primate Sanctuary

Lwiro Primate Sanctuary

(Democratic Republic of the Congo)
The Lwiro Primate Sanctuary is operated by a partnership comprised of the ICCN, the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles (CRSN), and Coopera, a Spanish non-governmental organization that supports projects in health, environment and community development across Africa. It provides care for 100-plus orphaned primates. WPT supported efforts by the Lwiro Sanctuary to rehabilitate 500 Grey parrots.
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ProFauna Indonesia

ProFauna Indonesia

(Indonesia)
ProFauna Indonesia is a non-government organization working for the protection of wild animals and their habitat. The majority of ProFauna's work involves campaigning for the protection of wild animals, investigation into the trade in wild-caught animals and animal rescue. WPT has supported ProFauna’s successful efforts to convince the Indonesian government to adopt legislation to end the trade in wild caught parrots and has also supported subsequent research of the parrot trade in the Western Papua region.
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SOS Fauna

SOS Fauna

(Brazil)
SOS Fauna is a non profit organization working on the protection and conservation of Brazilian fauna. The main mission is to fight the illegal trade with undercover operation in contact with local authorities, promoting the rehabilitation and return of the species back into their regions of origin.
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Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre

Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre

(Indonesia)
Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre was established in North Sulawesi, Indonesia at the end of the 1990s by Dr. Willie Smits. Its vision is to diminish the trade in protected wildlife in North Sulawesi with a view to ending it, and its mission is to support government law enforcement agencies through spreading conservation education, advocacy and awareness of nature protection laws/values, facilitating the placement of animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade and focus on the rehabilitation and reintroduction of native species with a view to conservation. They also aim to support in-country conservation of wildlife and its habitats.
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R3 Animal Rescue

R3 Animal Rescue

(Brazil)
The mission of R3 is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate wild animals into their habitat. Professional volunteers of the group assist the Environmental Military Police/CETAS of Santa Catarina and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources / IBAMA for treating and rescuing wild animals which have been seized or affected by human actions.
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UWEC

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC)

(Uganda)
WPT partner Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) has transformed from a traditional zoo to a conservation education facility. The centre's mandate is to rescue and rehabilitate injured, confiscated and/or orphaned wildlife and to facilitate related educational programs. Since the establishment of a fully-fledged, national CITES approved veterinary hospital many more animals, parrots included, have been successfully rehabilitated. WPT has supported UWEC's rehabilitation and release efforts of over 200 Grey parrots, as well as sponsoring a broadly distributed education program to discourage the trade in wild caught birds.
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VSPCA

Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA)

(India)
Founded in 1996, the Visakha Society of Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) is a sanctuary for a variety of birds and animals, working mainly in the city of Visahapatnam and its surroundings areas, as well as a growing number of districts in Andhra Pradesh. The WPT has supported rehabilitation and release efforts for dozens of parrots received by VSPCA from birds confiscated from street vendors.
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Funders


The FlyFree program would not have been possibly without the outstanding efforts of the following contributors:

Folke H. Peterson Foundation, Bill and Terry Pelster, Albertino Abela, Macaw Landing Foundation, Keith Ewart Charitable Trust, Isdell Family Foundation, American Federation of Aviculture, Shared Earth Foundation, the Bungee Foundation and the Parrot Fund USA.

Additional support has also been provided by:
NECF

Natural Encounters Conservation Fund (NECF)

(United States)
Natural Encounters Conservation Fund (NECF) is the non-profit arm of Natural Encounters, Inc. It is a private, 501(c)3 that is dedicated to promoting wildlife and environmental conservation through education and funding. NECF has raised and donated over $600,000 to various conservation projects in the past 20 years. NECF is an ongoing supporter of the World Parrot Trust's work.
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Paradise Park

Paradise Park

(United Kingdom)
Located in Cornwall, UK, Paradise Park is a wildlife sanctuary that is home to many species of parrots. It was built in 1973 by Mike Reynolds, who went on to establish the World Parrot Trust. Paradise Park is committed to helping parrots whenever they can. Their efforts include raising funds for conservation projects, providing staff time, offering free office and shop space, and encouraging increased publicity.
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Pro Wildlife

Pro Wildlife

(United Kingdom)
Pro Wildlife is an independent charity based in Germany founded in 1999 by a group of biologists, veterinary surgeons and naturalists. They are committed to protecting the world's wildlife from overexploitation, habitat destruction and abuse. The WPT and ProWildlife have collaborated on several efforts to discourage the trade in wild caught parrots.
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RSPCA

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

(United Kingdom)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been looking out for animals since 1824.  They work to improve the welfare of pets by: ensuring that every pet is cared for properly and has a good home, ending cruelty to pet animals, raising standards for pet animals worldwide and stopping pet overpopulation.

In mid-2009 RSPCA, HSUS, and the World Parrot Trust co-sponsored the training of Dr. Kerosi, a veterinarian employed by the Nairobi Airport, on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) enforcement and species identification. Immediately upon the successful conclusion of his training Dr. Kerosi was able to properly identify and confiscate an illegal shipment of African Grey parrots birds that are now being rehabilitated for eventual release.

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Humane Society of the United States

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

(United States)
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization. In mid-2009 HSUS, RSPCA and the World Parrot Trust co-sponsored the training of Dr. Kerosi, a veterinarian employed by the Nairobi Airport, on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) enforcement and species identification. Immediately upon the successful conclusion of his training Dr. Kerosi was able to properly identify and confiscate an illegal shipment of African Grey parrots birds that will eventually be released.
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Calgary Parrot Club

Calgary Parrot Club

(Canada)
Established in 1988, the Calgary Parrot Club is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to educate parrot and bird guardians in the proper care and maintenance of companion parrots. The Calgary Parrot Club encourages ending the cycle of abuse, neglect and homelessness of parrots by promoting adoption of neglected parrots, and advocating for a broader awareness of the relationship between the wild parrot trade, habitat destruction and the threat of specific parrot species extinction. The Calgary Parrot Club has been an avid supporter of WPT.
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NOAH Nature Alliance

NOAH Nature Alliance

(International)
NOAH is an impartial, unbiased, U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, umbrella organization committed to complementing and supporting worthy nature conservation initiatives like the World Parrot Trust. Their mission is to open the window on worldwide wildlife conservation and related community betterment projects, large and small, international and local, established and emerging by increasing their exposure to an international community of concerned supporters.
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