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Parrot Confidential Announcement

ArgoFilm’s Parrot Confidential

It’s almost here! A year in the making, ArgoFilm’s documentary about wild and captive parrots will be making its debut Wednesday, November 13 on PBS. I am so excited about this! I first heard about the project back in September 2012. It was conceived by Connie English and Allison Argo, and I had the good […]

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Vida Livre (Live Free)

I feel humans have a stewardship to protect this beautiful planet that gives us so very much – physically, emotionally and spiritually. -Kitty Harvill I first crossed virtual paths with Kitty Harvill when I discovered a wonderful new book which has been created to help educate children in Brazil about the endangered Brazilian Red-tailed Amazon […]

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82 African Grey Parrots Rescued in Cameroon

JUST IN: From Ainare Idoiaga, Limbe Wildlife Centre: On 16 June 2013, with no advanced notice, Limbe Wildlife Centre was brought a total of 82 African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) that were confiscated by Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF) officials from smugglers who issues are detected and addressed, and weight is taken. All parrots […]

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Limbe Wildlife Centre’s African Grey Parrot Poster

I have received an update from Ainare about the 14 parrots which Limbe Wildlife Centre rescued back in November 2012. The birds were confiscated from a smuggler on his way to Nigeria and are currently being rehabbed at LWC . Ultimately, they will be released back into the wild. You can read the full story on For […]

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"Yesterday we counted, selected and treated all the parrots that were confiscated in Douala Airport two and a half weeks ago. With 7 people we worked from 7am to 5pm, but in the end we had done all the parrots. 

There were many more birds than we had estimated! We now know that the total amount of parrots seized was 503. All of them were stuffed in 10 wooden boxes and arrived in terrible circumstances in the Limbe Wildlife Centre."

14 Wild African Grey Parrots Confiscated in Cameroon

  I just received an email from Ainare at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon who told me that just yesterday 14 wild-caught African Grey Parrots from Korup National Park were confiscated from a smuggler on his way to Nigeria. Ainare writes, “At least, this time around, all of them arrived safely to the centre […]

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Bandanas Promoting (Parrot) Conservation in DR Congo

In the wake of the unfortunate ruling by CITES declaring that 3000 African Grey Parrots can still be legally removed from their West African forests and exported each year – despite the overwhelming support shown to the World Parrot Trust’s petition (over 41,000 signatories) to end all trade in grey parrots from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo […]

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Confiscated African Grey Parrots

Parrots just “wanna go tree.”

An important interview with Dr. Steve Boyes and the work he is doing to save the African Grey Parrot from extinction. According to the video: 20% of the global African Grey Parrot population is being removed from the wild each year and put into breeding mills to produce parrots for the pet trade. 2 – […]

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Iko’s 40 years

Parrots can — and do — live longer than any other companion animal.* Unfortunately, their lives are not always the best and, like yours or mine, can be fraught with hurtful experiences. The birds who are now in their thirties and forties (and above) perhaps even moreso, because they were very likely wild-caught birds, pulled […]

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Photos and Videos of Treatment & Sale of Wild Caught Parrots in Africa

Nearly a year ago I took a trip through West Africa and got to visit the native habitats of Senegal Parrots, Rose Ringed Parakeets, and Brown Necked Cape Parrots. I’ve already posted footage of the limited sightings I’ve made of wild parrots during the trip. Unfortunately most of my contact with parrots during the trip […]

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Wildlife trade and uncontrolled deforestation threaten Africa’s parrots…

Africa’s parrots are a unique assemblage of lovebirds, Poicephalus parrots, grey parrots, and Rose-ringed parakeets that have managed to find a home in the forests and savanna of this wild and primordial continent. All species are now under serious threat from escalating trade due to emerging markets in the Far East and habitat loss due […]

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