Hayle Paradise Park's campaign to protect macaws in the wild
A Cornish conservation centre which is the home of the World Parrot Trust (WPT) has launched a campaign to help three species of the magnificent bird which are threatened in the wild.
Numbers of the blue-throated macaws, yellow-crested cockatoos and great green macaw are all perilously low in their natural habitat.
Alison Hales, director of Hayle-based Paradise Park and chairman of the World Parrot Trust, said action must be taken.
"The blue-throated macaw is one of three species the World Parrot Trust is currently focused on saving," she said.
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"All are at extreme risk of disappearing forever. The WPT wants to stop this, but we can't do it alone and need financial support.
"We have been lucky to find sponsors so every donation is matched, and gift aid further boosts every gift by UK tax payers."
This campaign will highlight and raise funds for the ongoing conservation work with all money raised going to the recovery programs for these parrots which are already under way.
The blue-throated macaws, which hail from Bolivia, number less than 150 in the wild, while the yellow-crested cockatoos number just a few thousand. The great green macaw is thought to number fewer than 25 breeding pairs in Costa Rica, and only 30-40 birds in Ecuador.
Mrs Hale said any donations would directly support conservation activities such as eliminating threats to the wild population and increasing nest availability.
For more information visit www.parrots.org