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Keywords:

  • captive-breeding;
  • conservation;
  • environmental education;
  • flagship species;
  • parrots;
  • psittaci-formes;
  • threatened species

Loro Parque Fundación (LPF), a non-governmental organization created in 1994, maintains the largest parrot collection in the world and is a major supporter of international efforts to conserve threatened parrots and their habitats. The collection, comprising approximately 2750 specimens from 310 taxa, is an educational resource which also provides opportunities for research aimed at improving husbandry techniques. LPF supports field research projects designed to integrate the needs of both people and parrots through local community participation and education programmes and a number of these are described here. Data compiled from field research and captive populations are also used to facilitate production of global management plans. In addition, LPF supports research at other institutions into diseases which are a major threat to wild and captive birds: a diagnostic test for psittacine beak and feather disease and a vaccine against polyoma-virus have already been developed by the Psittacine Disease Research Group, Georgia. The support provided for projects involving the zoo community, avi-culturists, field researchers and local communities, as well as basic research is described here hiehliahtine the key role LPF plays in encouraging effective collaboration for conservation of parrots in their natural habitat.