Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

by PRONATURA SUR A.C.
Play Video
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
Mar 21, 2022

Rescuing and reintegrating confiscated parrots

Poachers plucked the flight feathers
Poachers plucked the flight feathers

One of the most exciting actions we have had in recent months was the release of 40 White fronted Parrots (Amazona albifrons) in a natural protected area in Chiapas, Mexico. After a little over a year since our group received these parrots due to a confiscation made by environmental authorities in 2020, we were able to reintegrate them to their natural environment.

The rehabilitation process was very long because the poachers plucked the flight feathers from the wings of these parrots! A very cruel and dramatic action, as this practice can cause severe damage to the skin and feather follicles, so that they could never grow back. Fortunately, none of these parrots were seriously affected, but it was necessary to wait almost a year for the feathers to renew themselves.

The authorities in Chiapas do not have rescue centers to care for confiscated wildlife, nor do they have the budget to rehabilitate them in other spaces. Our work group offered support to the authorities to carry out this rescue, with the hope of being able to reintegrate them into their natural habitat. The funding for this did not exist, but thanks to a strong outreach campaign we did in social networks, we were receiving all kinds of help from citizens. Several families came to donate food, seeds, medical supplies, water, as well as hands for volunteer work for the care of the animals. Dozens of biology and veterinary students also helped with volunteer work. Some local companies even offered in-kind support with materials, food, and transportation. The World Parrot Trust provided us with funding at critical moments, when we had no way to continue. The funds we received through GlobalGiving, thanks to your donation, were also essential to carry out the last step: moving and releasing them in their natural habitat (a protected area in Chiapas).  To all these actors and people - We really thank you deeply for your valuable contribution!

For the rescue of the confiscated animals, we built a rustic cage of an appropriate size for the rehabilitation of this group of parrots, fed them and provided veterinary care for more than a year. At first, the parrots could not fly, due to lack of flight feathers, so we fed them close to the ground. Gradually, as their feathers grew and they were able to fly, we raised the feeders and perches for roosting, and start providing wild food.

When we were ready to release them, we built a flight cage at the release site, where the parrots were adapting and regaining flight ability for a week. During this time, wild White-fronted Parrot flocks and other species parrots’ flocks passed by the site every day, which motivated the parrots to interact, vocalize, and encourage them to leave the cage. On the day of the release, very early in the morning we opened the cages and when the wild parrots passed by, 26 of the rescued parrots joined them and flew free!

The other 14 parrots stayed inside the cage and gradually came out to wander in the trees at the site. Within 3 hours, another 8 parrots were integrated to wild flocks. The last 6 parrots stayed 3 more days in the trees around the release site, visiting the cage to sleep, and eating the food we supplemented each day. By the fourth day there were no parrots at the site, all had left with the stimulus of wild parrots passing by. The park rangers of the protected area were monitoring the parrots (all were tagged with rings and chips) for 8 more days. They observed that some of the parrots came back and wandered around the area at times, but at some point, they all left with wild flocks.

We know that these efforts require a lot of people, a lot of time and a lot of financial resources, which no one has. But it is worthwhile to join efforts, as it happened in this case, to reintegrate those valuable birds. We know that each animal reintegrated to its natural environment, has much to contribute for the survival of its species, as well as for the ecosystem's regeneration (the parrots are seed dispersors). We thank you enormously for the support you give us, to continue doing this exciting work!

Intensive medical care
Intensive medical care
Birds with trauma and stress
Birds with trauma and stress
At first they fed on the ground
At first they fed on the ground
Parrots in flight cage at release site
Parrots in flight cage at release site
Supplementing food for released parrots
Supplementing food for released parrots
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

PRONATURA SUR A.C.

Location: SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas - Mexico
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @PronaturaSur
Project Leader:
PRONATURA SUR A.C.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas Mexico
$753 raised of $20,000 goal
 
20 donations
$19,247 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

PRONATURA SUR A.C. has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.