Furthermore, works are well underway for our new African Grey Parrot rehabilitation aviary. Ultimately this large 22m x 11m aviary will change the lives of many rescued parrots. Because of this aviary, they will learn to fly again much faster, and thereby reduce the time spent in captivity. Normally the rescued birds arrive in a terrible condition and require a great deal of specialist care. As their flight feathers are often cut by poachers, they must grow back. Afterwards, each bird must learn to fly again. This aviary will therefore be integral to facilitate a faster rehabilitation. Furthermore, it will also increase our capacity to rescue more parrots and ultimately, will enable us to release more of these endangered animals back into the wild to restore dwindling wild populations.
Once the aviary is complete, the next step in our conservation project will involve fitting trackers on the released birds. In doing so, we will collect crucial data on survivorship, distribution, migration patterns and rate of recapture. This will be the first of such a project worldwide. See below a photo of the aviary construction so far!