The head bird trainer at Rotherham’s Tropical Butterfly House is to take flight to Costa Rica to help save one of the world’s most endangered parrots.
Heather Scott will be working with charity The Ara Project, which is dedicated to ensuring the future of Great Green Macaws and Scarlet Macaws in central America.
Both of these species’ numbers have been devastatingly reduced as a result of capture for the pet trade, hunting, deforestation and many of these threats continue to endanger such parrots.
The latest research by The Ara Project estimates there are only around 4,000 Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica, and less than 1,000 Great Green Macaws, with as few as 35 breeding pairs remaining.
Heather will be working voluntarily for The Ara Project for six weeks from the start of February at their breeding centre in Punta Islita.
The bird lover decided she would like to go and help the charity following her and her team raising £1,500 in donations for the cause, by selling wristbands during the animal and bird shows.
Two miniature Macaws at the Tropical Butterfly House, Ché and Esteban, have played a big part too by gently collecting coins from audience members who wish to make a donation
“I am very lucky that the Tropical Butterfly House team share my passion for conservation and are allowing me to take this time away from my role at the park,” said Heather.
“It’s through being here and working with parrots that I’ve developed such a fondness for them and it’s an indescribable privilege to be able to go and get stuck in and help The Ara Project with the amazing work they are doing.
“I am incredibly grateful to the individuals and companies who have kindly donated to help fund the trip and make it possible.
“I look forward to sharing my findings and photos with everyone via our Facebook page and blogs and helping to get more people enthusiastic about saving Macaws.”
For information, visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk