Watch: Conservationist release 26 scarlet macaws into wild

Watch: Conservationist release 26 scarlet macaws into wild

Watch: Conservationist launch 26 scarlet macaws into wild

Scarlet macaws at a soft-release pen in Guatemala. Credit score: WCS Guatemala

Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society have launched 26 scarlet macaws into the wild in Guatemala to bolster the nation’s small inhabitants of the birds.

Scarlet macaws (Ara macao) are discovered extensively throughout South and Central America, however solely about 300 stay in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve on account of poaching for the unlawful wildlife commerce and habitat loss from intentionally-lit fires cattle ranching and human improvement. Wildlife managers take away low-weight chicks and third or fourth eggs from wild nests that usually don’t survive to maturity. They then increase these birds within the lab earlier than releasing them. The managers fitted among the chicks with VHF telemetry gadgets. Whereas these gadgets have had issues because the macaws are fairly adept at eradicating them with their sturdy beaks, some knowledge has proven they migrate between dry-season breeding websites and wet-season feeding areas in Guatemala and Mexico.

“It’s extraordinarily rewarding to see so many scarlet macaws fly off into the forest. However we have to sustain our work to guard these birds from a wide range of rising threats, or they may ultimately vanish from the Maya Biosphere Reserve,” stated Rony García-Anleu, the chief of the macaw monitoring and restoration program with WCS’s Guatemala Program.

Watch a video on the discharge under.

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