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Scarlet Macaws survive after being confiscated from poachers #542956
06/14/20 05:08 AM
06/14/20 05:08 AM
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The five scarlet macaws rescued last week in the Chiquibul have now entered their second stage of a 5 stage soft release program into the wild. For the next two months they will be fed and raised at a laboratory located in their natural habitat in order to get used to the wild and minimize any human imprinting.

Friends for Conservation and Development - FCD Belize


The future of Scarlet Macaws in Belize seems uncertain due to the ongoing illegal wildlife trade that threatens their survival even in the safety of the country’s dense forests. The illegal practice has become a common practice in the Chiquibul National Park in western Belize, where Guatemalan poachers raid nests for young birds to sell in the black market. This was the case on June 7th, when seven young Scarlet Macaws were saved from such a fate when two poachers were intercepted by rangers of the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD). The chicks were taken to the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic (BWRC), where they will be looked after until maturity, and based on recommendations released back into the wild.

The encounter between the FCD rangers and the poachers took place around 6PM when they were conducting a routine exercise mounting cameras to monitor the poaching of endangered Scarlet Macaws. The poachers, identified from Guatemala, were well inside Belizean territory and allegedly armed. An FCD ranger was obliged to fire his weapon in self-defence, causing a non-lethal injury to one of the poachers. According to a report from FCD, he was immediately detained for illegal entry and poaching of protected wildlife. The other poacher managed to escape. The arrested person is identified as 36-year-old Porfilio Ramirez Tirgeros of La Rejoya, Peten Guatemala. He was transported to a medical facility in San Ignacio Town and then to Belize City. All the birds were found inside a bag carried by Tirgeros.

The rescued Scarlet Macaw chicks were placed in the care of the BWRC, which was the nearest facility and partners with the FCD and the Forest Department with this type of rehabilitation. Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durand at BWRC told The San Pedro Sun that their goal at the clinic is to return the Scarlet Macaws to the Chiquibul Area as soon as possible. Unfortunately, from the seven birds, only five survived the ordeal. It is believed that they died because of the way the poachers handled them. The remaining five chicks are between 25 and 40 days old and will need between 60 to 90 additional days to reach full maturity.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Scarlet Macaws survive after being confiscated from poachers [Re: Marty] #543003
06/17/20 05:41 AM
06/17/20 05:41 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Rescued from Poachers; Scarlet Macaws Get Help to Return to the Wild!

Over a week ago we reported on the two poachers discovered in the Chiquibul National Park about one point two kilometers east of the border in the area of Caracol. One of the poachers was captured; but both of their belongings were seized. Between the two, they were carrying seven scarlet macaw chicks. The sad news is that two of the birds didn’t survive the incident in the Chiquibul. But the five remaining chicks have been checked out by the vet and stabilized without any major injuries. The chicks will now be looked after and prepared to return to life in the wild. FCD’s Raphael Manzanero tells us more.

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“The Macaws have been moved already now to the Chiquibul. So, they were released from the Wildlife vet clinic and moved to the Chiquibul where they should be cared for the next two months or so. After that, they should be in the wild and able to survive out there in the wild.”

Andrea Polanco
“Okay – those chicks – what size are we talking about and how many of them?”

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“The macaws that there were rescued is a total of seven and two of them died by the time they arrived here at the clinic. So, five of them were the ones that had been cared for here at the wildlife vet clinic and those are the ones that eventually go back in the Chiquibul. By the time they were rescued, they were approximately twenty-five to thirty-five days old, so on average of a month old. So, for them to be released into the wild it will take the necessary care and training that hopefully should be for a period of the next two months or so.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, who monitors them now?”

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“Our staff will be undertaking the care for them. We had already done something like that three four years ago. So, our staff would know how to tend to those parrots and the diet it takes for them to grow healthy and good.”

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