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200 Confiscated Greys Released Back Into Wild
July 28, 2011 (Uganda)

Six months ago Ugandan wildlife officials confiscated over 130 Grey parrots on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The birds had been drugged with alcohol-laced sugarcane as a means of sedation. A second seizure of over 100 birds was discovered at a private farm at Kawuku along the Kampala- Entebbe highway. The birds, some of which died, were sent to the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre, where staff cared for them. Officials believed the parrots were likely bound for Europe and Asia as part of the lucrative illegal wildlife trade.

In July, after months of recovery and after testing by a veterinary official over 200 of the Greys were released back into the wild in Kibale National Park, 350 km (217 mi) west of Kampala. The World Parrot Trust, through its FlyFree programme, provided guidance, technical assistance and funding to help support the rehabilitation and release of these parrots.

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