years ago parrot conservation projects were almost unknown. Most of the
earliest efforts focussed on the endangered Amazon parrots of the Caribbean
islands, partly because the impact of growing human populations in a small area
made their decline obvious. In other parts of the tropics many other parrot
species were declining but there was little interest in parrot conservation
despite the fact that trapping and export was occurring on a very large and
hitherto unknown scale. Many populations of macaws, Amazon parrots, lovebirds
and cockatoos, to name a few, were suffering catastrophic declines as a result,
some of which have never recovered.
since the 1990s extraordinary progress has been made with the foundation of
organisations such as (in chronological order) the World Parrot Trust, Loro
Parque Fundacion and Parrots International. These organisations have focussed
exclusively on parrots.
Parrots are one of
the most endangered groups of birds in existence. About 30% of species are threatened with extinction,
compared with about 12% for birds overall. Parrots desperately need our help to
survive in the wild. So much of their habitat has been destroyed and illegal
trapping continues. The above organisations work to save habitat, conserve the
most threatened species and to release illegally trapped parrots back into the
wild. Financially, they need every one of us to contribute a little. I hope
that these inspiring stories of successful conservation projects and the people
behind them will encourage you to contribute. Thank you!