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AWWP Secures Important Spix’s Macaw Habitat

By PIEditor

After seven months of negotiations and navigating legal minefields, the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP), owned and founded by H. E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohd. Bin Ali Al-Thani, is proud to announce the purchase of Concordia Farm.

Located in Bahia State in the district of Curaca, Brazil, the 2,200 hectare Concordia Farm is within the most historically significant range of the Spix’s Macaw. It is the location of one of the last recorded sightings of wild Spix’s Macaws in October 2000.

Concordia Farm was also the base of the Spix’s Macaw field project which operated throughout the 1990’s, until its completion in 2002. In 1995, the release of the only captive Spix’s Macaw back into the wild took place from this location.

AWWP secured Concordia Farm for the Spix’s Macaw and plans to allow it to return to a more natural state by removing domestic livestock. In the long term, it is hoped that this land will prove to be a valuable habitat resource in planning to re-establish Spix’s Macaws back into the wild.

The large flight built by Loro Parque Foundation in the 1990s for the release of the female Spix's Macaw which disappeared before the last male was sighted in 2000 © M Stafford

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