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Cameroon rescues 1,200 parrots from trafficking
Thursday, February 14 2008 @ 10:26 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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General News Jan 23, 2008

NAIROBI (AFP) — Cameroon wildlife authorities have rescued at least 1,200 African Grey parrots being trafficked to Bahrain and Mexico for the exotic pet trade, an animal welfare group said on Thursday.

Kenya-based Wildlife Direct said Cameroon's ministry of forests and wildlife intercepted two shipments at Douala International Airport that were carrying the parrots to their destination.

It did not give the day they were intercepted, but said the birds are currently being cared for at Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC), situated in the small fishing town of Limbe at the foot of Mount Cameroon.

In 2006, Cameroon had a legal quota of birds that it could export, but lost it temporarily last year after a ban was imposed on trading of birds owing to the global outbreak of avian flu.

"The ban on the movement of birds has been lifted (although Cameroon's quota for 2008 is zero birds), so the traders wanted to use up their 2006 quotas," said LWC chief veterinarian Felix Lankester.

"This is a tragic story of wildlife being exploited for the international trade in exotic pets, one of the most lucrative illegal trades in the world ... How many other shipments of birds make their way out of the country undetected we can only dread to imagine," he added.

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Within one week, authorities at Douala airport stopped the smuggling of about 1000 parrots
Tuesday, December 18 2007 @ 12:44 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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General News By Vincent Gudmia Mfonfu in Yaounde

Wildlife law enforcement authorities in Cameroon, with technical as­sistance from The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA), have seized some 500 parrots from forests in the South aboard an Ethiopian Airways plane at the Douala International Airport about to be smuggled.

Earlier, two Ghanaians, we learnt, were arrested for trying to smuggle 500 other parrots still at the Douala airport, bringing the number to 1000. The 500 parrots intercepted earlier, were released into the wild by officials of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Heading the operation, Forestry and Wildlife minister, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, reiterated government's commitment to implement wildlife law and ensure sustainability.

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Rare Kakapo to be Artificially Inseminated
Thursday, November 15 2007 @ 11:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: Paul Brennan
Views: 6127
General News By DEIDRE MUSSEN - Sunday Star Times | Monday, 12 November 2007

The first artificial insemination of a rare New Zealand bird is planned this summer in a bid to boost kakapo numbers.

Low population numbers have kept the critically endangered nocturnal parrot perilously close to extinction for the past 30 years, since a small breeding population was discovered on Stewart Island. All 86 kakapo, the world's heaviest parrot, known to exist live on offshore predator-free island sanctuaries in the South Island.

Kakapo recovery programme senior technical officer Daryl Eason said he turned to artificial insemination after the last breeding season two years ago was hampered by high levels of egg infertility. Only four kakapo chicks were born from 26 eggs laid on Whenua Hou (Codfish Island), near Stewart Island, and 60% of eggs laid were infertile.

"It wasn't too flash," Eason said.

Kakapo nest only every few years when enough fruit is on the trees.

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Famous African Gray, Alex, dies
Tuesday, September 11 2007 @ 03:02 AM UTC
Contributed by: Paul Brennan
Views: 8625
General News Alex, a parrot who had a way with words, dies

By BENEDICT CAREY
Published: September 10, 2007
New York Times

He knew his colors and shapes, he learned more than 100 English words, and with his own brand of one-liners he established himself in TV shows, scientific reports, and news articles as perhaps the world’s most famous talking bird.

But last week Alex, an African Grey parrot, died, apparently of natural causes, said Dr. Irene Pepperberg, a comparative psychologist at Brandeis University and Harvard who studied and worked with the parrot for most of its life and published reports of his progress in scientific journals. The parrot was 31.

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Squawk! Parrots invade Park Slope, Brooklyn
Friday, August 31 2007 @ 03:59 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5395
General News By Dana Rubinstein -The Brooklyn Paper

A parrot on Eighth Avenue and 14th Street in Park Slope.

Brooklyn’s legendary Monk parrots have migrated to Park Slope.

A flock of about five bright green tropical parrots — an offshoot of the borough’s legendary wild parrot community in Midwood — has been spotted hanging out in a tree on the corner of 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Brett Cleaver, who lives on nearby 13th Street, has seen the bright green birds twice in a matter of four days.

“They were cute,” said Cleaver. “It seemed like there were two couples, and an odd man out. A couple of them were kissing. People were stopping and looking — it was certainly a spectacle.”

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Fines for parrot killings in AU
Wednesday, July 25 2007 @ 05:28 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 4492
General News Mark Russell
July 22, 2007

AUSTRALIA'S biggest almond grower will pay out more than $56,000 after admitting responsibility for the massacre of 41 rare regent parrots.

When the company, Select Harvests, was charged over one of the worst killings of threatened birds in Victoria, it blamed two of its workers, sacked them, and vowed to defend the charges. On Tuesday, it pleaded guilty to three charges in the Robinvale Magistrates Court.

Kyndalyn Park Pty Ltd — a wholly owned subsidiary of Select Harvests — was convicted and fined $15,000 on one count of destroying protected wildlife and a total of $1000 without conviction on two counts of breaching their wildlife control permit. The company was also ordered to pay court costs of $40,589.

The executive director for biodiversity and ecosystem services with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Ian Miles, said the killings were a serious matter.

"This case serves as a warning that shooting protected wildlife will not be tolerated in Victoria," Mr Miles said.

Only about 2400 regent parrots survive in the wild, with half that number in Victoria.

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