Join Date: Oct 2009
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Gromit there are actually less than 200 in the wild now. The breeding program to introduce new birds back into the wild was a complete and utter failure. They tried to breed them in Healesville Sanctuary, but they won't breed over 30C so now they have spent another 3 million of government money building new air conditioned aviaries to control the temp to 30C. They have released about 600 captive bred birds back into the wild over a number of years, but another failure as they released them on the wrong side of the mountain as it was too difficult to get them into the natural breeding area. Most of those died due to none of their natural diet for breeding available where they were released. The other failure was if the parents did not look after the babies or sit on the eggs they just let them die instead of taking the eggs for incubating and for hand raising.
They are now considering doing what should have been done in the first place. Letting a few breeders from other parts of Australia who have the passion and money to breed them with the hope of releasing some of them, but at least just building up the numbers in captivity so that we don't lose them completely.
Sorry to hijack the thread but I though you would like updated information on them. We had a lecture on them not long ago at our Parrot Club.