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The Scarlet Macaws of Costa Rica

The magnificent Scarlet Macaw is a species of bird that is native to the tropical climate of Costa Rica.

They have breathtaking beauty, they are intelligent and very social animals with an abundance of personality.

The Macaw once inhabited many areas along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the countries jungles. But, due many years of deforestation and the un-regulated capture of the birds as pets, their population was significantly reduced.  There are an estimated 450+ birds in the country now, thanks to laws protecting the birds from illegal capture.

That number is only an estimated 1/10th of their once thriving population.

Conservationists are working alongside the Costa Rican government to save and grow the Macaw species. The birds are breed in special centers in the country.  The species is allowed to thrive, lay eggs, and raise their offspring at the centers and then the chicks are released into the tropical wilderness.

With the new laws in place, Costa Rica is seeing a slow and steady resurgence of Macaws in the National Parks.

It is the hope of conservationists that these amazingly beautiful birds can once again grace the skies of Costa Rica.

We hope the same too.

Source:

The Ara Project Center

 

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