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Hundreds of Parrots Fly Free!

Hundreds of Parrots Fly Free!

Another consignment of African gray parrots arrived in Limbe Wildlife Centre in December. The parrots were rescued on the way to Nigeria by a joint operation between the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) and the LAGA, a non-governmental organization working with MINFOF.

The parrots came here in a terrible condition; they were packed very tightly in 11 small crates without food or water. On arrival, 48 birds were already dead.

We received about 700 birds. As soon as we received the birds, we released them from the crates and gave them plenty of food and water. They were starving and very thirsty! Our veterinary team brought the birds in the worst condition to our clinic for treatment and intensive care. We left the rest of the birds alone, to avoid stressing them further. Parrots are very sensitive to stress.

The Birds Are Starting to Sing

Many of the parrots are very skinny and have wounds or broken wings after having been packed so tightly in the crates.

Even though we have received several parrots like this before, it is always a sad experience each time they come in. The first days, the parrots are very scared. They scream and cry and sudden movements make them frightened. After a few days, it changes. They start singing again!

Since the arrivial of the birds, the whole team here has been very busy. Not only does it take a lot of time to feed, water and clean the birds every day, but we have also had to build a new flight cages for the parrots. All of them now have bands on and have been treated for parasites.

Ready To Return To the Rainforest

This week, we have started releasing some of them back into the wild. It is so nice see them fly away into the forest. Hopefully they will never end up in a hunter’s trap again.  See more photos of the parrots.

Festival of Freedom for “Unreachable” Animals

The Limbe Wildlife Centre is part of the Harmony Fund circle of charity, which helps to sustain 16 animal rescue projects worldwide.  This parrot release is part of their international Festival of Freedom and they’re sharing this brief, joyful video of rescue footage to celebrate their ongoing mission to save the lives of animals others deem “unreachable.”


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Photo credit: Limbe Wildlife Centre

By Sofie Meilvang

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11:35AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:31AM PST on Feb 26, 2013


3:22AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

They should enjoy the freedom

7:47AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Very happy for these Parrots that have been given a 2nd chance at freedom,though saddened for the 48 that didn't make it. With a lot of appreciation and gratitude to those who work around the clock for these birds,THANK YOU!!!!

9:11PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

So happy the parrots will know freedom again! And will hopefully never have to even look at another human! The Harmony Fund video is one of the most heart-touching videos I have seen in a very long time. It's encouraging to be reminded that there are so many heros all over this planet who put the animals first! Makes me less ashamed to be a human.....

5:18PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

My heart grieves for the 48 parrots that died but I am very happy for the rescued survivors. May they remain free and never know the fear of capture again. Bless all who took part in the rescue efforts.

12:50PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

How wonderful. Thanks.

3:48PM PST on Dec 18, 2012


8:28AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

If the parrots ate and stalked humans I wonder how many parrots would be abused?

5:22AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

I am so glad that they are free now to fly away from human torment.

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