The delicate state of conservation of the vinaceous-breasted parrot is the sad conclusion of a study conducted in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay with the primary support of Loro Parque Fundación.

This result comes after the monitoring labour done by field experts, who counted 3.133 individuals, who estimate that the wild parrot population does not exceed 3.950 individuals amongst the three countries – an extremely low figure. This species has a close relationship with Araucaria forests, which are currently degraded, reduced and fragmented, which is the main cause of the decline of the population of this parrot species.

Loro Parque Fundación (LPF) supports various actions for the conservation of this endangered species in Brazil, in collaboration with Amigos do Meio Ambiente (AMA) association, as well as in Paraguay with BirdLife International’s partner in the country, Guyra Paraguay. It is important to monitor populations to improve conservations actions; in 2015, LPF supported a complete census of this species in its three countries of origin.

The next aim for Loro Parque Fundación in this labour is to reduce the pressure of human activities affecting the natural habitat of this bird. Thus, an on-site programme will be developed in direct contact with landowners, associations and schools. The foundation also has included the vinaceous-breasted parrot in their breeding programme, allowing all the people passionate by nature to appreciate this delicate species at Loro Parque’s facilities.

With this action, Loro Parque reinforces its constant commitment to the conservation of threatened and endangered species. Research and education are fundamental in the development of successful species preservation projects – as observed in the more than 120 international programmes that the foundation has conducted since its creation in 1994, with an investment of USD 16,000,000 to date.