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  1. Dear all, I would like to forward a Press release by the World Parrot Trust on the recent seizure of 1000 African Grey Parrots in Cameroon that were about to be illegally exported. Here you will find more details and photos http://www.parrots.org/flyfree/african-grey-parrots-illegal-trade-continues.html We will be very grateful for any donations to help for the care, rehabilitation and release of these parrots. All funds received will go to these birds. Thanking you in advance, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org Press Release: Parrot Charity Rushes to Send Emergency Aid for Largest Group of Confiscated Parrots Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom February 8, 2010 The World Parrot Trust (WPT) has sent emergency funds to aid in the treatment and housing of the largest group of illegally trapped Grey Parrots ever seized in the country of Cameroon. The seizure, which occurred in early February, is the third such confiscation of this species in the country since December 2007. The aid is being directed to Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC) and the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), two independent African wildlife rescue groups working with government officials to coordinate the seizures and subsequent care of the birds - in an attempt to reduce the trade in this species. This aid follows closely on the heels of emergency funding sent by the WPT in response to a smaller seizure of 300 birds in November of 2009. Funds needed immediately; wildlife center inundated The parrots were delivered to the Limbe Wildlife Center shortly after the confiscation, which was spearheaded by the Last Great Ape Organization. The shipment, which was scheduled to leave for Kuwait and Bahrain International Airports, respectively, was without proper documentation from international authorities. Upon arrival at Limbe it was discovered that 47 of the birds were already dead, with another 30 dying of thirst and stress on the first day. Simone de Vries, manager of Limbe, stated "It makes you sick to see how the parrots are packed in the boxes, the weaker ones trampled by the strongest." The center has been inundated with the sudden appearance of the Greys, still having to deal with the remaining birds of the shipment from November of last year. The current group of parrots is being kept in ape quarantine enclosures, as there is nowhere else to house them. Parrot populations declining The Grey Parrot is listed as near threatened by the 2009 IUCN Red List, as evaluated by Bird Life International. Their threatened status is due to the persistent heavy trapping of these parrots for the wild bird trade. Illegal trapping continues in Cameroon, in spite of measures being taken by local and international communities. International groups working together to end trade The World Parrot Trust and its international partners have recently launched the FlyFree program (Fly Free), the first international campaign aimed specifically at providing support to front-line wildlife rescue groups working to end the wild-caught bird trade and return parrots to the wild, in more than a dozen locations worldwide.
  2. Hello Nikki, There are some nice foraging toys on the http://store.wptestoreuk.com/servlet/Categories?category=Parrot+Toys+%26+Play+Areas I am also copying below an article about enrichment that you may find useful. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  3. Dear all, Formerly widespread over much of Africa, the Grey Parrot is now threatened throughout much its natural range and is disappearing from many countries. Wild populations are in trouble due to habitat destruction, poaching, capture for the domestic and international pet trade, and land use resource conflicts. These charismatic and popular birds need our help. Please visit the WPT Save the Greys Fund page to learn more about how you can help: http://www.parrots.org/index.php/ourwork/home/african_grey_parrot All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  4. Hello Heidi, The health requirements for the import to the EU of pet birds traveling with their owners are laid out in Commission Decision 2005/759/EC, you can download it through a search engine. All health certificates must be issued by a State veterinarian. You will also need an export permit issued by the Canadian CITES Management Authority and an import permit issued by DEFRA. The requirements will have to be followed very carefully, or you will risk that the parrot will be seized upon arrival. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  5. Hello Linds, I would recommend to take him asap to an avian vet. The scratching could be caused by a number of reasons, and only a veterinarian will be able to issue a diagnosis. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  6. It's not a very clever scam, as imports from Cameroon of wild caught and captive birds and their parts (eggs) are not allowed in the EU. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  7. Please have her checked out by an avian vet. The biting might also be caused by the fact that she isn't feeling well. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  8. Hello Flower, Please read Lee McGuire's replies to two parrot owners who had a similar problem http://www.parrots.org/index.php/forumsandexperts/answers/author/mcguire All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  9. Hello Caron-J, Here http://www.parrots.org/index.php/referencelibrary/behaviourandenviroenrich/ you will find several great articles on behavior and training that could be of great help to modify Lala's behavior through positive reinforcement. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  10. Hello Milli, Did your bird receive a thorough health check up? If health problems have been ruled out, then I would encourage you to follow Jim McKendry's great advice on plucking behavior on http://www.parrots.org/index.php/forumsandexperts/answers/author/12012 you will find it in his third answer from the bottom of the page. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  11. I am sorry to hear of this problem with your baby Grey. However, you can definitely change the return to the cage into a positive experience for him. Here is an excerpt of Steve Martin's article "Does your Parrot Have a Trust Account", you will find the full text on http://www.parrots.org/index.php/forums/viewforum/15/ Just remember that to obtain long lasting results you will need to be very consistent in always reinforcing the desired behavior. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  12. David, by extracts do you mean the oil? All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  13. Steffi, this is great news. Do you know if the vet also ran some tests for the liver? All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
  14. Please feed palm nuts with caution. Although they contain a good concentration of Vitamin A, they are also very high in saturated fats that raise the levels of cholesterol and increase the risks of heart disease. Furthermore, all excess fats can lead to the growth of internal fatty lipomas (benign tumors of adipose tissues) that can take some time to develop and that can have a severe impact on the internal organs. Although these nuts are an good food resource for wild Greys, captive birds don't even come close to the physical activity performed by wild birds, nor can we provide the natural disintoxicating elements available to wild birds. The following is an excerpt from a study on the formation of fatty acid in African palm nuts: The mature kernel contains in its fat an unusual mixture of eight different saturated fatty acids. The major such component is lauric acid (46·1 to 49·5 per cent.) and there are present two common unsaturated acids, oleic (15·7 to 16·5 per cent.) and linoleic acid (0·7 to 3·1 per cent.). http://jxb.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/7/2/181 In conclusion, palm nuts can be a healthy treat, but they should be provided as such and not on a regular basis. All best, Cristiana http://www.parrots.org
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