To be released in the Maricao forest … Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery!
“These birds are Puerto Rico’s last native parrot species.”
In a bid to save Puerto Rico’s endangered parrot, scientists have transported 30 of them to one of the US’s largest forests, Michelle Simon reports in this article for Riviera Maya News.
Scientists transported the birds, which vary from juvenile to mature adults, where they will eventually be released into the wild at Maricao Commonwealth Forest in Puerto Rico. During the next year, the birds will live in a large caged area where they will learn survival skills before being introduced into the wild.
Secretary of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), Carmen R. Guerrero Perez, said that the Maricao forest has the largest plant diversity on the island. “You can imagine how that translates into a buffet for our parrots,” she said.
The arrival of the 30 birds is due to a local and federal effort to establish a third population of the parrot that saw its…
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