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Spix's Macaw Project

Land Purchase & Habitat Restoration

 

The Dream:

A photo montage of the last known Spix's Macaw nest, located on the Gangorra Farm,

and two Spix's Macaws now residents of the captive breeding program at Lymington Foundation.

 

 

An important Valentine's Day announcement

regarding the future of the Spix's Macaw

 

The Spix's Macaw, Ara Spixii, has been extinct in the wild since the last solitary male disappeared from the Melancia Creek watershed south of Curaša, Brazil in October 2000. The future of the Spix's is now determined by IBAMA, The Working Group for the Recovery of the Spix's Macaw, and the approximately 67 Spix's held within the cooperative breeding program spread across the globe in Qatar (AWWP), Germany (ACTP), Spain (Loro Parque Foundation), and Brazil (Lymington Foundation and the Sao Paulo Zoo).

These organizations have unequivocally demonstrated their desire to see the future reintroduction of the Spix's to its historical habitat. Parrots International serves as a consultant to the Working Group for the Recovery of the Spix's Macaw, dedicated to the return of the Spix's Macaw to its historical habitat. 

In August of 2006 Parrots International volunteers, Mark and Marie Stafford, self-financed a research trip to the historical habitat of the Spix's Macaws near Curaša, Brazil. This Parrots International trip, with the direction and knowledge of Dr. Yara de Melo Barros. PhD., led to the identification of an area of prime historical Spix's Macaw habitat with the option to purchase, known as the Gangorra Farm.

Parrots International introduced the idea of the purchase of Gangorra Farm to the Working Group for the Recovery of the Spix's Macaw, held at the Sao Paulo Zoo in November of 2006. The Working Group for the Spix's Macaw, a consultant group to IBAMA,  consists of the foremost parrot conservation experts; the Spix's Macaw holders; and involved conservation organizations. At the meeting of the Working Group, we proposed the formation of a group of partners to purchase Gangorra. It is this partnership that was ultimately responsible for the negotiations, funding and purchase of the Gangorra farm for the future reintroduction of the Spix's Macaw into the wild.
 
On Valentine's Day, 2007, the historical Spix's habitat of Gangorra Farm, totally 400 hectares (1000 acres), was purchased by the partnership of Parrots International, ACTP (Germany) and Lymington Foundation (Brazil) for the benefit of the Spix's Macaw Working Group. Mark & Marie Stafford of Parrots International donated US $10,000 of their personal funds through Parrots International, Martin Guth of ACTP (one of the Spix's holders) matched the donation with $10,000 and Bill and Linda Witcoff (also Spix's holders) of the Lymington Foundation (Parrots International's partner NGO in Brazil) donated approximately $4,500 in funds to cover the legal and real estate transaction costs.
   
The partnership would gladly accept additional partners to move forward with the habitat restoration of Gangorra and construction of the permanent Spix's Field Station.

This Gangorra Farm is home to the last Spix's nest in the wild (see above) and is ideal habitat for the prospective reintroduction of Spix's Macaws into their historical habitat.

We therefore wish to share "The Dream" of the reintroduction of the Spix's Macaw back into the wild with any and all.

 

 

 

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