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What Belize species can live up to 90 years in the wild but usually dies within 5 years in captivity?
The Wild Parrots of Belize.
My name is Looey Tremblay and I'm the Broker/Owner of Belize Property Center. In March 2009, I was hiking along the Macal River when I spotted a bird flapping around in the river. My friend, Jambhala Rinpo, hightailed across the rocks to scoop up the badly injured hawk before it careened into the rapids . Desperate to save the hawk, we secured his talons with Jam's bandana, wrapped him up in my shirt and strapped him to my chest. He stared right into my soul before we set off to scale the cliff back to our car. A haunting and incredible moment that will stay with me forever.
Several attempts to find vets capable of treating the hawk proved unfruitful. Fate and Luck led us to the Belize Bird Rescue sanctuary in Belmopan. They readily accepted the injured hawk and worked feverishly over several days to save the life of this noble bird. Tragically, he succumbed to his bullet wounds.
However, I returned again to the Belize Bird Rescue sanctuary, so smitten was I by the efforts of their incredibly dedicated team, and found myself surrounded by 8 Toucans! Another amazing Belize experience I won't soon forget!
I strongly support the efforts and activities of Belize Bird Rescue. If you know of an injured bird or bird in need, contact them at 501-822-1145, or on their cell phones at 501-610-0400 or 501-602-4291.
Belize's birds – and birds the world over - were born to be wild. Help save a wild bird. Don't support the trade of birds in your home country. In the U.S. alone, 15 million birds are held captive as pets. Some have been bred in captivity while others have been snatched from the wilds. Bird production facilities are breeding grounds of death. Live animal retailers perpetrate the abuse by buying from breeding facilities where the birds are housed, en masse, in torturously confined conditions.
The wild parrots of Belize can look forward to a long life in the wild – anywhere from 40-90 years. Flying high and flying free, dive-bombing for fruit, bugs and buds in Belize's rainforest canopy. Don't rob them of their natural flight to freedom. Don't deny them their natural right to a life in the trees and the sky. Their lifespan is drastically reduced when caged as “pets”; captive parrots usually expire within 5 years of being held captive. Imprisoning parrots (or any bird) in a cage is abusive.
Imagine plucking one of Belize's Scarlet Macaws from the sky and stuffing it into a cage a yard wide and high! Help preserve Belize's wild parrot population. What can you do? Don't support the trade or purchase of birds.
You can also join Belize Bird Rescue's “Born to be Wild” campaign. Support Belize's birds . Don't support the very lucrative (and cruel) exotic birds' trade. Belize's birds were born free and deserve to fly free. Let's give their wings a hand – to fly high and free forever.
Find out more about one of the most notable Belize bird rescue organizations and how they have saved many a fine-feathered friend from the jaws of death! Experience amazing, true-life stories about Belize's parrots, parakeets, pygmy owls, toucans, bat falcons, clay robins and doves!
Make some noise. Beak off. It's time to squawk about the cruelty of the bird trade.
Help us help Belize's birds. On your next trip to Belize, don't miss out on visiting this sanctuary for abused, unwanted and neglected birds. It's an uplifting adventure and a great way to educate yourself – and your family – about Belize's birds. There are many amazing tales (and tails!) to behold at Belize Bird Rescue. Your spirits will soar as high as the wild parrots of Belize fly. Fly, Parrot, fly!
“A forest bird never wants a cage.” — Henrik Ibsen, 1828–1906