Discussion in 'Germany' started by vogelcommando, 22 Sep 2013.
In June a St. Vincent amazone was hatched .
Sofar 9 Spix macaws have been hatched this season !
Which individuals are in the 2 breeding pairs they have now?
Don't know but can try to find it out...
Palm cockatoos are incubating an egg :
From Singapore a Great Indian hornbill was recieved.
Earlier this month a Palm cockatoo hatched :
Are the 2 Emperor and the 10 Red-necked amazons illegal ??? :
Mas In The Cemetery: Sisserou Smuggling in Full Swing
There are a lot of claims in that article. Here's a similar but less "vibrant" story, presumably based on the above article: Rare endangered parrots illegally smuggled from Dominica
And a more questioning one: Dominica News Online
What a load of baloney, insinuating accusations on Fisheries and Wildlife officials and the German conservation breeding group working on conserving the last Dominican Amazons.
Their habitat on Dominica is more or less gone thanks to Hurricane power.
ACTP reieved a further 24 Spix macaws and 12 Lears macaws from Al Wabra :
March 23 2018 :
One step closer to Brazil...
In cooperation with Spix Macaw (AWWP) and the Brazilian government, ACTPs main goal it to bring back the Spix's macaw to its natural habitat and release it back into the wild. Another big step towards this goal was done today. ACTP received 24 Spix' from AWWP to flock them with our birds and prepare the next actions for the release. Additionally 12 Lear's macaws were sent, to pair them up with birds, which are already held at ACTPs facility in Germany.
We are proud that AWWP is trusting the ACTP team so much, to send these birds to us. We would like to say thank you for that and the good cooperation for more than 8 years now - and of course congratulation to your first two Spix's macaws offspring of 2018 ( from FB ).
3th St. Vincent amazon-chick hatched ! :
( FB ) :
EXCITING NEWS-RIGHT ON TIME!!! St. Vincent Parrot breeding in full swing!
Our third Amazona guildingii chick has just hatched!
Finally we managed to pair birds from our two different subpopulations ( from St. Vincent and birds from the US flock) to create genetic viable pairs! We had to separate pairs coming out of both groups, since they were very closely related! It took us a few years to finally find right the right pairs, since the birds are very aggressive. But the effort was worth it, as you can tell by the result. Fingers crossed for more fertile eggs...
Since these posts, the ACTP has released a detailed statement about the transfer of the parrots from the islands. It is a 19-page pdf.
Various sources claimed that this transfer was illegal, non-transparent and contradicts 30+ years of conservation work and scientifically based, conservation measures (RSCF in litt. 2018; with supplementary comments from BirdsCaribbean). To counter these allegations the ACTP gives now a detailed, transparent overview about the project and a statement on various topics concerning the reintroduction, the previous in-situ work and published arguments against a captive breeding program at the ACTP facility located in Germany
The collection is getting even more diverce : a pair of shoebills arrived ! :
Some really neat developments here lately. The best among these in my humble opinion is the breakthrough in St. Vincent amazon breeding this year! I would expect that we may see some further good tidings this year on them.
Yesterday another Bank's red-tailed black cockatoo hatched .
2 St. Vincent amazons going to be sent home :
St. Vincents Homeward Bound for First Time in History
For the first time in the history of the conservation programs for the St. Vincent Amazon (Amazona Guildingii) birds will soon be sent to their island home. Never before in the 35+ years of conservation programs for this incredible and highly threatened species have birds come to St. Vincent from outside, in the past they have only ever left the island. This is all set to change very soon, as we are currently preparing to send two young St. Vincent Amazons bred here at ACTP to the Caribbean to join the breeding program on the island, and in turn boost the genetic make up of the population at the breeding centre in the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown. Unfortunately our fear, that the captive population in St. Vincent stops breeding, became reality. But with the input from these two males and a huge make over of the facility, we hope that the population will recover.
This is a hugely significant and positive step in the breeding program for this amazing amazon parrot that demonstrates the strength of the conservation partnership between the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and ACTP and the success that such unions can bring. We are extremely proud of this partnership and what has been achieved so far and we very much look forward to it continuing well into the future, since this is only the first transfer and more are likely to happen. Together we can ensure the survival of this beautiful species for the future generations!
Another article about the return of the St. Vincent amazon :
ACTP to make historic delivery of Parrots
From Facebook : More St. Lucia amazones coming to Germany :
Exciting times for Parrot Conservation in the Caribbean!
Our conservation partnership in St. Vincent is not the only Caribbean project currently making great progress. We also have fantastic news from Saint Lucia!
The construction of the visionary and groundbreaking Wildlife Conservation and Education Centre (WCEC) is coming along very nicely.
As you can see in the accompanying photos the main building is almost completed, as are the clinic and the coffee Shop. And just few days ago the construction of the huge walk through flight aviary commenced.
Our focus now moves to preparing the team that will run the facility and take care of the wildlife. Additionally guides are also being trained at present, these guides will show the guests around the WCEC and educate them on the native flora and fauna along with the conservation projects being administered. This is an outstanding and historic project, nothing the like of which has ever been delivered in the Caribbean region before! Visitors will be able enjoy and learn about the local wildlife, without disturbing the animals in their natural environment. They’ll also have the pleasure of a full rainforest experience without having to venture miles from their hotel. It will provide a wonderful chance to easily see the impressive vegetation and several of the island’s endemic animal species, especially for visitors who cannot partake in a hiking tour.
At the end of their visit people will be able to take a part of their adventure home, by buying a locally made souvenir at the gift shop. And at the same time they will be assisting in the protection of Saint Lucia’s wildlife, because 100% of the profits generated by the WCEC will be used for conservation on the island!
One of the focus species at the centre will be the Saint Lucia Amazon. Several years ago ACTP and the Government of Saint Lucia joined forces to protect this endemic species - the national bird of the island. Part of this program involves an ex-situ population at ACTP’s state-of-the Art breeding facility in Germany. Due to the advanced age and physical condition of the birds which are already in Germany, they are unfortunately not breeding as successfully as is needed in order to establish a self-sustaining external population. It is for this reason that the Government of Saint Lucia will soon send additional pairs to Germany to boost the captive population, which, after the devastating effects of Hurricane “Maria” in 2017, seems to be more important than ever before. The new Breeding Loan Agreement was recently signed by all parties involved.
The conservation partnership between ACTP and the Government of Saint Lucia has been running for more than a decade now and the recent renewal of this agreement is recognition from both sides of the success achieved so far and also the mutual commitment to continue the cooperation well into to future.
We are very much looking forward to continuing the breeding program for this amazing amazon species and we certainly cannot wait for the grand opening of the WCEC! Stay tuned for further updates!
Work in progress for the re-introduction of the Spix macaw ( FB ) :
ACTIONS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Sending Spix’s macaws back to Brazil is important, but ensuring state of the art facilities are built is crucial. The last few months have found us knee-deep in paperwork preparing all the permits to allow us to build all the needed facilities for a breeding and release project to be successful in the Caatinga’s protected area.
In January our construction company in Brazil started breaking ground on an epic Spix’s macaw facilities complex in the Caatinga, preparing to build Volunteer/Staff and Managers accommodations, Office/Research, Nursery, Veterinary facilities, Parrot breeding complex and finally the massive release aviary complex. All these buildings are been built together so the entire facility is finished and setup without further construction later when the releases and field research is underway. It is a mammoth undertaking that will help secure the project and the species in the Caatinga.
We are extremely excited with the progress made in Brazil for the Spix’s macaw project, and even more so to share some images of the construction progress with everyone. Brazil is witnessing the rise of a Conservation Facility that will bring their beloved Spix’s macaw back to nature… The return of an extinct in the wild species to Brazil!
There is nothing better than moving forward in parrot conservation projects. We at ACTP are excited about our Spix’s macaw project, with the incredible leaps we are making with our valuable partners. Edging closer and closer to a release…
A massive thank you to incredible partners, like Pairi Daiza Foundation andWildlife Reserves Singapore (Jurong) for great contributions to building this incredible facility in the Caatinga habitat. With special mention to Pairi DaizaFoundation not only making substantial contributions to the in-situ facilities but also preparing a mirror ACTP Spix’s macaw breeding facility in Belgium to increase the biosecurity of the population.
We would also like to thank ICMBio, Ibama and the Ministry of Environment/Agriculture for their support, and of course Parrots Internationaland all the Ararinha na Natureza teams on the ground in Brazil helping to make this project a success.
We will send regular updates over the coming weeks and months showing the progress of the Spix’s macaw Conservation/Release Complex. With the current progress and weather permitting we expect the facilities to be ready to receive Spix’s macaws around the middle of Brazil’s winter this year.
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