Photo: Richcareyzim/Dreamstime. Chattering lorries are classed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List 

A CAMPAIGN TO raise money for parrots at risk of persecution has exceeded its target, and already funded the rescue of 100-plus birds from illegal  trade.

The Make a Change for parrots campaign was launched by the World Parrot Trust (WPT) in early December 2017, in order to raise funds for wild and captive parrots at risk worldwide (see News, December 20, 2017).

An initial goal of £60,000 was set, but as the campaign went on the WPT was able to raise the goal substantially. So far, the total raised stands at £139,000 ($196,000 US).

The Make a Change campaign’s first success was the rescue of nearly 150 parrots in Bolivia, which included canary-winged parakeets (Brotogeris chiriri), blue-fronted Amazons (Amazona aestiva) and dusky-headed parakeets (Aratinga weddellii).

WPT director Dr James Gilardi told Cage & Aviary Birds that he is deeply grateful to the many hundreds of caring parrot enthusiasts who donated to this campaign. He said: “Thanks to the outpouring of support, we will further mobilise our global efforts to work with in-country partners and resources to deal with the many conservation, trade and welfare issues facing parrots today.”

The money will go towards increasing awareness of illegal trapping for the wildlife trade, abandonment and abuse. It will further improve the WPT’s ability to support authorities in Africa, South America and Indonesia, to manage confiscations and rescues of parrots in peril, as well as to provide veterinary care for injured or sick birds.

Fundamental training will be provided for government officials and sanctuary staff to deal with the birds and give much needed equipment, food and care.

The WPT’s work over the past two years has included assisting the rescues of parrots throughout the EU and UK. Last December, it helped fund the build of the Wild Parrots Conservation Center (CREA) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. This centre was constructed with rehabilitation aviaries, a hand-feeding room/nursery for chicks and a veterinary treatment room.

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