At Paradise Park we believe that it is the duty of all who keep rare species to do whatever they can to promote a healthy captive population. We work with British, European and international breeding schemes, and run some of these here at the Park.
Many of our birds are on ‘breeding loan’ to other collections, who in turn lend us birds to pair up here. Each bird at Paradise Park is entered onto a computerised record keeping system (the information is sent to the USA to be compiled into an international database), and this helps to keep the bloodlines as diverse as possible.This concern for rare species naturally led us towards giving plenty of information to our visitors, and offering entertaining and educational shows and talks. We came to realise that breeding in captivity was only one part of securing the future for endangered birds, and in 1989 set up the World Parrot Trust, a registered charity which is now active around the world. This enables us to work for conservation in the wild as well, and so far we have helped the survival of 50 species of parrot in 30 countries.
Below are some of the conservation projects we are currently involved in or supporting by raising awareness and funds.
World Parrot Trust
In 1989, Mike Reynolds set up the World Parrot Trust, a registered charity which is now active around the world. This enables us to work for conservation in the wild as well as here at Paradise Park. So far we have helped the survival of 50 species of parrot in 30 countries.
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Operation Chough is a conservation project established at Paradise Park, Cornwall, in 1987. The Red-billed Chough is a member of the crow family, distinguished by its glossy black plumage, red legs and elegantly-curved bill.
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Blue-throated Macaw Project
This large species of parrot from Bolivia is Critically Endangered and Paradise Park, Cornwall, UK, home of the World Parrot Trust charity, has been breeding them in captivity for several years. Six young macaws bred at Paradise Park traveled to Bolivia in February 2013.
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Red Panda Project
We support via funds and raising awareness, the Red Panda Network, which is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. Recent data suggests that Red Panda population numbers may be as low as 2,500, due to continuous loss of habitat and wildlife trading. The existing population is expected to experience additional declines of 10% every 10 years.
Barn Owls in Cornwall Project
Red Squirrel Project
The Red Squirrel has suffered a dramatic population decline in the last century and they are extinct in much of Southern England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Red Squirrels that we breed will help establish more breeding groups hopefully within collections in Cornwall, and in the long term we hope they will be released in Cornwall. Find out more at the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project.
Black Honey Bee Project
We have become a partner in the Black Honey Bee project (www.B4project.co.uk) based in Cornwall, to help revive the flagging numbers of this species and promote this native British bee which is ideally adapted to the weather conditions in the UK. Visitors will be able to see into our colourful hive through a glass panel and watch the bees coming and going, and creating their own comb.