The Lear’s Macaw is a beautiful member of the parrot family, named after painter and poet Edward Lear.
The species is sadly endangered mainly due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade in its native Brazil.
Indeed, the origin of the birds here is that they were smuggled in to the UK in the 1980s. In February 2023 they urgently needed a new home. Paradise Park, in collaboration with the World Parrot Trust (WPT), worked quickly to create new aviaries suitable for the birds. The WPT, a charity founded at Paradise Park in 1989, is already actively involved in conservation work for Lear’s in Brazil. The future plans for these magnificent birds may include reintroduction into their native habitat as part of a larger conservation project aimed at preserving the species.
Read more about the conservation of this species on the World Parrot Trust website.
Endangered Lear’s Macaws find refuge – May 2023