How Can We Change Hearts and Minds to Save Wild Parrots?

Intelligent and sociable, African Gray Parrots once roamed free across the forests of equatorial Africa. Now habitat loss and trapping for the international pet trade are pushing these beautiful parrots toward extinction.

Thanks to your support, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collaborated with the government of Gabon and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a film in four languages about the plight of African Gray Parrots.

Shown to delegations from 180 countries at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in South Africa in 2016, the harrowing footage of illegally trapped parrots and science-based visualizations of the parrots’ shrinking range helped raise enough votes to ban the export of wild African Gray Parrots from central Africa, a critical step that gives hope for the future of these brilliant birds.

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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library