Confiscated from poachers - baby red loreds
Our sincere and humble thanks to you once again for your incredible generosity over the last few months. We are always stuck for adequate words as it’s almost impossible to convey you how grateful we are for your support.
So far for the first half of this year we have released 90 birds which included 51 parrots. Then the baby season brought us 42 additional confiscated and rescued parrots, which put us almost back where we were. Our total of birds currently in the rehab programme is 198, almost all of them parrots rescued from the illegal pet trade.
This has not been an easy couple of years: we are transitioning from being privately (and comfortably) funded, to striving to stay afloat. In case you weren’t aware, the sole income generation for BBR was through our co-founder/director Jerry, but he was severely impacted by the oilfield crash two years ago. Since that time we have been using our remaining savings to keep BBR up and running and to establish a Bed & Breakfast business on-site to provide sustainable long-term funding for the Rescue. We are getting there slowly and the B&B is gradually gaining a solid reputation. By all means share our information: www.rockfarmbelize.com
We are also launching a Membership Programme called ‘Fly Free Belize’ which would make a fabulous and affordable gift for friends and family – and yourself of course! Please check out the BBR website for details.
We believe we have realistic future strategies to become self-sustaining, provided we can continue to receive help from people like you in the meantime. So - if there is one more giant thing we could ask you to do for us, it would be to share our Global Giving projects, website and Facebook page with your social media contacts, friends and family. Our total annual outgoings for the rescue are still around $80,000US. We can see no realistic way of reducing this figure whilst maintaining our core activities which include assisting the Forest Department with their anti-poaching and enforcement strategies and continuing the hand-rearing of confiscated and at-risk chicks, especially the endangered yellowheaded parrot (Amazona oratrix belizensis).
Once again, thank you so much for your generosity and support.
Nikki and the BBR Team
Michal checking the yellowhead babies
Barbora and Sierra feeding the baby parrots
One of this year's released white-fronts