Funds from this project help to rehabilitate the former-captive parrots in our long-term release programme, rehabilitate the 250+ birds we receive annually, and help with the operational costs. As the only multi-species avian rescue and rehabilitation centre in Belize, our facility provides the mechanism for the Belize Government's Forest Department to effectively enforce the wildlife laws that govern the illegal pet trade.
From 2004 to 2015, Belize Bird Rescue's every day running costs and facility expansion was funded by the founding Directors. Since becoming an NGO in 2015 the organisation has been reaching out for financial assistance the public. The annual operational expenses of $80,000US provides food for all species of birds in our care, fuel for the rescue vehicles, utilities and operational costs for the facilities, and wages for our 5 amazing local employees.
Belize has successfully stepped up efforts to stop poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in recent years. As the only multi-species rehabilitation centre in the country BBR annually receives upwards of 250 wild birds for care and rehabilitation. Our annual operating costs of $80,000US ensures that the essential needs of BBR are met whilst caring for these birds. Well over half of these are rescued or confiscated wild parrots requiring up to 2 years of care before release.
BBR's programmes and facilities gives rescued and confiscated birds the chance for freedom, making enforcing the law less controversial for the Government. Historically, with nowhere to place confiscated parrots, the illegal practice of poaching and keeping them would have been ignored. Tourism is crucial to Belize's economy, and the abundance of 500+ species of photogenic wild birds delights tourists and contributes to the success of the country's many resorts and thriving tour-guide industry