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Bird of the Week
Blue-throated Macaw

Blue-throated Macaws by Benjamin Skolnik

The spectacular Blue-throated Macaw is one of two highly threatened macaws endemic to Bolivia. It inhabits scattered “islands” of palms and riparian areas amidst the wet savannas of the Beni department in northeastern Bolivia. These macaws feed primarily on the fruits of the Motacú Palm, sometimes flying miles over open grassland to find fruiting trees.

One of the chief threats to the Blue-throated Macaw, poaching, has been addressed by legislation outside of Bolivia. Both the U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 and Europe’s 2007 ban on the import of wild birds have helped halt the trafficking of this and other endangered birds.

ABC and partners have also worked to educate local communities about the plight of this species. ABC’s Bolivian partner, Asociación Armonía, and the European conservation group Loro Parque Fundacion have successfully promoted the creation and use of attractive, colorful, artificial feathers for use in ceremonial headdresses in Bolivia, traditionally made with the central tail feathers taken from multiple parrots.

ABC also helped Armonía create and expand the 11,555-acre Blue-throated Macaw Reserve, where the largest population of the macaw is located. A recently built field station houses researchers conducting studies on fire management, the use of nest boxes, and other conservation techniques. Plans are in place to build an ecolodge that will contribute to the reserve’s financial sustainability.

Learn more about and help support ABC's efforts to conserve the
Blue-throated Macaw!

Photo: Blue-throated Macaw by Benjamin Skolnik; Range Map by ABC



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07/15/2011 Good news for the Danube Delta's biodiversity

After a very long, difficult gestation, a new law has been born! On 4 July 2011 the Romanian President confirmed a new law for the protection and management of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

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Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Skinny Pig

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 08:06 PM PDT

Sknny Pig - Cavia porcellusSkinny Pig
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"These little guys can be quite mischievous, however they are also very affectionate!

Even though the Skinny Pig is considered hairless, it does have a small amount of hair!

The Skinny pig is a breed of guinea pig that used to be quite rare, but is becoming more and more popular. They are one of two types of hairless guinea pigs. The other type is called the Baldwin Guinea Pig. Although they may not be as pretty to some people, these guinea pigs can actually be quite friendly and many people fall in love with them… Read More

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