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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-29-2014, 10:29 AM Thread Starter


 
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Spix Macaw Dies

Saw this on Facebook today

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&fref=nf

I hope you can all see it.

One out of two of the last wild Spix Macaws died this month. Sad, sad thing for that species.



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So sad. I read of this story last year or so about trying to get some chicks from him. So, so sad.
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Aww so sad what a gorgeous bird!
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I didn't even know what they were, they're beautiful. Too bad about the male.

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I can't see the link but I think you might have misread it, from what I've read elsewhere? They mentioned he might have been one of the last wild born, since he's been captive since the 70s, but he doesn't really count as wild at all. And there hasn't been a wild Spix seen in over a decade. It really is sad though, having found him (randomly in like Colorado right?), he was one of the most genetically diverse Spix in the hundred or so captive ones that remain. He could have been such a benefit to the species as a whole :/

On the other hand, I had no clue this particular bird was such an inspiration for Rio! One of the last of the species, randomly found in private hands in some random state, couldn't fly, etc. Just crazy. I hope the species gets more attention, it would awful to see such beautiful birds go extinct when we could have prevented it.



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It is a true shame, but at least we now have quite a few captive birds being bred successfully both naturally and through AI

There are to main groups I can think of who are leading in the preservation of the species and that is the Loro Parque Fundacion and the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation

You can check out the AWWPs Facebook page for tons of photos and such (they're also working on the Lear's macaws) https://www.facebook.com/awwp.spix/timeline

And the Loro Parque Fundacion https://www.facebook.com/loroparquefundacion?fref=ts or their website http://www.loroparque-fundacion.org/

I was really bummed out this year that because of financial reasons I couldn't attend the convention there. It's once every four years. And as a member I'd of gotten to see the Spix's breeding facility

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Yeah I meant wild as in he was wild caught, not that he was still living in the wild, lol.

But I'm glad they are doing well with breeding them in captivity! They would be a bird I would hate to see go extinct.



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I would hate to see any bird go extinct!




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Agreed Abby, I hate seeing ANY animal listed as extinct and then go extinct. It's really depressing. :\



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This is so sad for our planet. It looks like a beautiful bird species, hopefully the captive born will repopulate. I think MaCaws are wonderful birds. Thanks for passing this on.

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But there is a little hope.
The zoo directorof the famous Loro Parque on teneriffe Dr. Matthias Reinschmidt breeds Spix Macaws successfully. And his idea is to begin to release them into the wild one day.
http://www.wdr.de/wissen/wdr_wissen/...art=1403096400
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It is depressing. Some of us are so selfish. :/ We can't let animals go extinct!




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