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Tuesday, March 03 2020 - 17:00
World Sensation: The Spix's Macaw Is Back
BERLIN, March 3, 2020, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Extinct parrot species is being resettled in Brazil. 

Just in time for this year's World Wildlife Day, today, 52 Spix's Macaw 
parrots, 49 from the ACTP headquarters in Berlin, 3 from Pairi Daiza in 
Belgium, will arrive in Brazil – here, they will be prepared for their 
reintroduction and further life in the wild over the next months. More 
information on, on and 

This parrot species, which has been considered extinct in the wild for two 
decades, has been known worldwide since the movie "Rio", in which a Spix's 
Macaw named "Blu" plays the leading role. The excitement is correspondingly 
great in Brazil, where the villages of the Caatinga region and Curaçá City in 
the state Bahia in the northeast of the country are preparing to receive the 
birds. The reintroduction of the Spix's Macaw is part of a larger community 
program in Caatinga, which was declared a protected area in 2018, to promote 
biodiversity and organic farming. The approximately 7,500 students in the local 
schools will be taught about the project and will thus be sensitized to the 
topic of species conservation and eco-tourism.

The animals had fallen victim to decades of poaching and the loss of their 
natural habitat through cattle breeding and colonisation. Breeding seemed 
impossible as only a very small number of birds had survived and the genetic 
pool was too limited. So, the first attempts to breed were unsuccessful. In 
2012, the Brazilian federal government agency ICMBio, Institute for the 
Conservation of Biodiversity, together with several partner organizations 
established an Action Plan to increase the captive population, protect the 
habitat and promote the reintroduction of the Spix's Macaw.

In 2016, the non-profit organisation ACTP, which has been committed to the 
protection, conservation and development of threatened parrot populations and 
their habitats since its foundation in 2006, launched the "Spix Release 
Project" together with the ICMBio and the support of the Belgian Pairi Daiza 
Foundation. In 2018, all Spix stocks were therefore brought together at ACTP in 
Berlin. Under the supervision of a team of experts, a critical number of 
animals have been bred over the last few years. Fortunately, the captive 
breeding technology developed by the holders and the artificial insemination 
program of Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation from Qatar, helped increase the small 
population of 53 birds in 2000 up to 180 healthy parrots today. From these, the 
first animals are now to be resettled to their original home. 

On March 3, 2020, the birds and their accompanying team of veteranians, animal 
keepers, biologists, members of the Brazilian government and cameramen will fly 
in a specially chartered aircraft to Petrolina in the Brazilian state of 
Pernambuco, not far from the parrots' new destination: a large breeding and 
release center near Curaçá, in the state of Bahia. It is located on a 45 
hectare site in the protected Caatinga area. Here, the parrots will be prepared 
for their life in the wild. In 2021, the first group of Spix's Macaws will be 
released into the wild.

About ACTP

Association for the Conservation of Threatend Parrots (ACTP) is a registered 
non-profit association. The association was founded in 2006 and has its 
headquarters in Berlin. It is dedicated to the protection, conservation and 
development of threatened parrot populations and their habitats. In 2008, the 
association bred the first Spix's Macaws in Berlin. More information on, on and 

About ICMBio

Federal agency, responsible for the conservation programs in Brazil. It is the 
coordinator of the Spix's Macaw Action Plan and Captive Breeding Program. It is 
the manager of the Spix's Macaw Wildlife Refugee and Environmental Protected 

About Pairi Daiza Foundation

Pairi Daiza Foundation is a non-profit association, housed by the Pairi Daiza 
zoo in Brugelette, Belgium, that aims to manage and protect nature reserves and 
threatened animals all over the world. In addition to the pedagogical role of 
showing the wonders of biodiversity and sensitizing visitors, the Pairi Daiza 
Foundation wants to go further and give back to nature what it has given us.

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Press contacts

ACTP:, +49(151)53114473 
Pairi Daiza: (English), (French)