CONSERVATION IN ACTION
years ago, Paso Pacífico launched our scarlet macaw conservation
program in the Cosigüina Volcano area in northern Nicaragua. The
cyanoptera macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) is a critically
endangered subspecies of the scarlet macaw. The population in the region
has suffered heavily as a result of habitat destruction and poaching
for the illegal pet trade. By 2015, the population had dwindled to a
mere 14 birds.
Last year, with support from Loro Parque Fundacion
we formed a corps of community rangers and began protecting and
monitoring the macaw population. This season, we received more project
support from the Brandywine Zoo
and Projets Plus Action
, enabling us to continue the work into a second year.
we were thrilled to discover a pair of macaws nesting in a tree cavity.
Our community rangers immediately set up a system of 24/7 protection
and after two months, two macaw chicks safely fledged the nest! This is
the first successful macaw nest documented in the area in over 20 years.