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More Than 1,000 Wild Parrots Confiscated

Two shipments of African grey parrots were confiscated in Cameroon

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Two allegedly illegal shipments of wild African grey parrots were recently confiscated by wildlife authorities in Cameroon, the World Parrot Trust reported. The African greys, in two groups of 500 to 700 individual birds each, were destined for Mexico and the Middle East, the conservation and welfare group said, but wildlife authorities in coordination with Last Great Ape Organization conservation group intercepted the birds before they left the country. A Reuters report put the number of birds at 500, worth an estimated $400,000.

The World Parrot Trust, however, said that about 700 of the birds were immediately released and another 100 died, but about 300 of the parrots remain at the Limbe Wildlife Centre at the foot of Mount Cameroon where they are being treated for illness and emaciation. "The World Parrot Trust has also sent a veterinarian to assist with emergency medical supplies adn equipment," said Steve Milpacher, director of business development at the World Parrot Trust.

Through its donors, the Trust reported it made a donation of over $4,000 to the center to aid the birds’ rehabilitation and eventual release, but it issued an appeal shortly after, saying, “more funding is required to provide ongoing care for this convalescing group of parrots, now and for up to 9 more months.”

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Updated: January 25, 2008, 10:42 a.m. EST

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Good thing they were rescued. i'm not against domestic-bred pet birds, but stealing them from the wild is plain wrong.
amanda, fort worth, TX
Posted: 11/27/2011 8:15:04 AM
world parrot trust,you have my greatest honor!
leah, leonardtown, MD
Posted: 5/12/2009 4:11:59 PM
I hate to hear things like this, it makes me sick. I think about how scared and mistreated those birds must have been. It is just horrible. Hopefully the ones that are still being cared for can be safely released, or adopted to good homes if they are unable to be released back to the wild!
Marie, LB, CA
Posted: 5/1/2009 10:25:13 AM
an update on this would be great
Tammy, Palm Harbor, FL
Posted: 4/23/2009 10:10:41 AM
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