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Cayman Parrot Sanctuary Shows Success

Local News 02 Aug, 2021 Follow News

Three young confiscated birds in the 30ft. aviary where they can practice their flying skills

Ron Hargrave and Jane Haakonsson updating the inventory of the Sanctuary

Released birds: Romeo & Juliet, Spice, Pepper, Bonk, Chastity, Otto, Sparky, Nicole, Kooch, Pretty, Siberia, Santi & Paris, Vibe, Frederikaand Shorty.

Since its inception in 2018, the Cayman Parrot Sanctuary in East End, has achieved remarkable success in the ongoing conservation efforts of our national bird: the Cayman Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis).

Ron Hargrave and his staff, notably Regina Nowak, have worked tirelessly in receiving and rehabilitating Cayman Parrots. The Sanctuary was established as a partnership with the DoE and through careful coordination and with access to expert advice and veterinary treatment, each and every parrot have received care of the highest standard, tailored to their individual needs.

A total of 28 birds have been through the Sanctuary and so far 17 have been successfully released back into the wild. This includes parrots that have been illegally poached, birds that have collided with cars and suffered broken wings, birds that have been abandoned or found in emaciated conditions and birds with concussions that have fallen from the nest.

The Sanctuary currently houses 11 parrots with at least three pending release in the near future. The pre- release process often includes a dietary transition to wild food, strengthening of the flight muscles and wings as well as socialisation with other parrots.

We urge the public to remember that the Cayman Parrot is protected by law, and should you encounter a parrot in need please contact the DoE on 949-8469 or the editor.

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