WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) — U.S., Colombian and Spanish conservation groups announced Wednesday the upgrading of the Yellow-eared Parrot from “critically endangered” to “endangered.”
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, Colombia’s Fundacion ProAves, Spain’s Fundacion Loro Parque and the American Bird Conservancy said the status upgrade recognizes the remarkable achievements of the organizations in conserving the species.
The organizations said many in the birding and wildlife community rejoiced in 1998 when a colony of 81 Yellow-eared Parrots (Ognorhynchus icterotis) was found in the Andes of Colombia after the species was thought to be extinct.
The IUCN said the challenge of protecting the environment around the birds and growing the colony to levels that would better ensure its long-term viability was successful. The Wednesday announcement said the population of Yellow-eared Parrots now stands at more than 1,000.
“Today, almost 11 years later, we see the results of the ongoing work of over 180 individuals and 47 organizations around the world. This also includes contributions by local communities as well as success in research, conservation and environmental education activities,” said Alonso Quevedo, president of ProAves.
“This stunning and truly remarkable success shows what can be achieved when committed organizations, institutions and individuals come together with a clear and common purpose — to save a species,” said ABC’s President George Fenwick.
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