Parrots in the wild are "canaries in the coal-mine" of our natural world. We are losing them at breakneck speed from poaching, farming and habitat loss. As they disappear, so do all the fauna and creatures that live with them in jungles and forests - priceless treasures we need to nurture for future generations. The World Parrot Trust works worldwide - and is very careful with its limited resources. I've been a proud contributor for some time and have personally visited some of their operations in the field. They employ local expertise - working with residents and their government to protect parrots and nature. Many of their efforts have produced significant results - and laws have been changed protecting wildlife. There are many worthy conservation charities worthy of donor dollars. I believe WPT is superior - nearly every penny goes to save parrots Vs overhead, and because its small compared to some others - they can move and adapt rapidly to save endangered species. There is good reason this organization has a superb thirty-year track record, and it deserves your support.
My first association with parrots began over three decades ago when I had the opportunity to share my life with two cockatiels - a bonded pair that lived together for over 20 years. That interaction inspired me to learn as much as possible about all parrot species, which are among the most intelligent and social of birds. I soon discovered the World Parrot Trust and its mission to improve the well-being of parrots through welfare, conservation, and education.
Projects funded by the WPT include conservation of some of the most critically endangered species on earth, such as the Kakapo of New Zealand and the Echo parakeet of Mauritius Island, as well as several species of macaws and Amazon parrots of South and Central America and throughout the Caribbean. Importantly, their programs promote the extensive cooperation of field biologists and residents of the local community, all having a common mission to carry out activities such as nest site monitoring, habitat protection and restoration. In addition to field approaches to conservation, WPT supports research using cutting edge technologies to undertake taxonomic and genetic studies that provide important data on the diversity and health of parrot species. Their mission is not limited to large, charismatic birds, but also includes smaller, but still biologically important ones, such as the various species of African lovebirds.
Perhaps what inspired me the most is the WPT’s commitment to the welfare of all parrots. This is exemplified by their active involvement in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of birds that were illegally taken from the wild - including large numbers of endangered African Grey parrots that were victims of illegal poaching and subsequently confiscated by authorities - giving them a chance to once again “Fly Free,” as the program is named. Although I cannot be in the field directly helping parrots, I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a long-term donor and directly contribute to the ongoing mission of the World Parrot Trust.
I have been a benefactor of The World Parrot Trust for many years. I follow their projects in some detail. The work they do is critical to the survival of the parrots of this world. They play a crucial role in fighting the illegal trapping and poaching of parrots from the wild. They rehabilitate trapped parrots and re-release them into the wild. They educate local human populations to raise awareness and appreciation of the parrots in their area.
The World Parrot Trust does excellent work and deserves support.
WPT is a wonderful nonprofit continuing to do such important work to protect these intelligent and beautiful creatures. Thank you for all you do.
After spending lots of time in Costa Rica and Peru, I became interested in what is being done to help preserve the beautiful parrot species in the wild. I discovered World Parrot Trust online and began following their news about rescue efforts, hatcheries, and general information. Watching videos of young parrots that have been raised in captivity being released back into the wild after gradual training and acclimatizing is a joy to behold. Very moving that these people in many countries care enough to devote their lives to preserving parrot lives.
I also learned about their large UK facility to help rescued parrots from illegal trade and even help rescued parrots sometimes return to their native areas. I began donating because I see they really do make a difference. The online educational series they have had the last couple of years has been so informative and greatly increased my knowledge in this area.
I will continue to financially support the WPT, as I admire their work and commitment.
My husband and I were on a cruise to Bonaire and were given a personal tour of Echo Bonaire, one of the World Parrot Trust initiatives, by their very capable director, Lauren Schmaltz. We admired both the actual sanctuary and the overall mission of Echo and the WPT and have been donors ever since. We have also supported their important work being done in South and Central America and donated money and needed items to their UK affiliate. The hard work of saving various species of Parrots plus their local environments ,while dealing with the worldwide issue of poaching these endangered and beautiful Birds, are 3 of the crucial areas that WPT is involved in and we have continue to support them in that work for the past almost 6 years.
Conservation of parrots in the wild is an incredibly important undertaking, especially with many parrots on the critically endangered list. The World Parrot Trust is the No.1 charity that is helping these beautiful creatures all over the globe - from New Zealand to Indonesia to Central America. WPT is a truly global charity but at the same time a very light-weight organisation. As a donor I am constantly delighted by the work of the World Parrot Trust - keep it up guys!
I chose a focus on WPT for several reasons. First, they have a holistic approach to parrot conservation , including habitat and economics. Second, they work with local people, volunteer or paid, to enable them to take over responsibility for their own conservation efforts. Third, they show amazing patience, dedication and ability to find creative ways to deal with problems. The staff I've met in webinars have been totally awesome; I can't climb trees now, but they certainly can!
I approached WPT several years ago seeking a volunteer opportunity (I am a retired wildlife Research Biologist). They put me to work on communications, a job that had me working closely with other staff, and gave a glimpse into the inner workings of the organization. They are a committed and talented team that is doing excellent work with parrot conservation globally. They are quite lean. They don't even maintain an office as a way of keeping overhead down...so the adjustments to Covid that other organizations struggled with this past year caused nary a hiccup at WPT. I am no longer working as a volunteer there, due to family needs. But I am happy to lend my support as a donor, and I keep apprised of their progress on many fronts through their magazines and newsletters. If one is interested in saving parrots-- one of the most endangered families of birds in the world--WPT is a respected and most effective NGO in that arena. A+++
This is a SOLID Organization that I have been a member of for many years. Although my charitable donations go to Parrot/Bird Sanctuaries, I also have a special place in my heart for the World Parrot Trust. They have had a tremendous impact with minimal resources
Review from Guidestar
There is nothing more joyful than a flock of wild parrots flying free. Sadly, one third of all parrot species are threatened in the wild. I had a pet parrot that I loved dearly that sadly died at the young age of 4. He flew free in our house and was a part of our family. After losing him my wife and I decided to focus our grief into the cause of saving parrots in the wild. We volunteered at a parrot research center in Peru, the Tambopata Research Center, and also volunteer at a rescue near Seattle, Zazu's House. The contrast between experiencing parrots and macaws in their natural environment, playing and chatting with each other, versus the sad "throw away" parrots at a rescue is shocking. I want to do as much as I can to protect parrots in the wild, so I searched for a non-profit that excelled in this cause. I found it in The World Parrot Trust. This organization is based out of England was founded in 1989. They were a key player in getting the European Union to ban the importation of wild caught parrots in 2007.
They have a well thought out, multi-pronged approach to promoting parrot welfare:
Conducting and supporting field conservation projects,
Working to eliminate the international trade in wild caught parrots and;
Increasing awareness of the plight of parrots, in the wild and in captivity.
They are effective at creating and promoting timely campaigns such as "Fly Free" , which helps confiscate and release illegally poached parrots and "Save the WPT 3" to focus efforts on specific endangered parrots (in this case, the Blue-Throated Macaw, the Yellow Crested Cockatoo and the Great Green Macaw.)
By helping save these parrots, you are also helping save their critical habitat, as well as educating indigenous people as to the value of these birds, both in their inherent specialness and their economic value as a tourist draw. World Parrot Trust understands this and spends your donation dollars wisely