GREY PARROT TRADE IN SOUTH AFRICA – UNSUSTAINABLE

It has taken just 70 years to almost wipe-out one of the most abundant parrots on earth, converting the species into one of the most abundant, well-known and widespread pets on earth. Millions upon millions have been captured and removed from the wild to accommodate booming demand over the last century. Just as demand for wild birds and animals was subsiding in the “western world”, a resurgent and prosperous Far East has hundreds of millions more people potentially trading birds. Grey parrots were once spread throughout the tropical forests of central and West Africa, but now find themselves restricted to protected forests with declining population numbers throughout their distributional range. We have already experienced local extinctions in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and throughout West Africa

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