Protecting parrots worldwide

About WPT

The World Parrot Trust (WPT) began in 1989 with a mission: to save the world’s most threatened parrots and improve parrot welfare. To date, we’ve helped more than 80 species in 43 countries.

We bring together wildlife conservation and welfare specialists to direct effective programs to save parrots and provide technical, logistical and funding support to our partners. Our approach is rooted in science, decades of first hand experience in the field, and a deep knowledge parrot welfare.

Our work is made possible because of one of the world's largest international networks of parrot enthusiasts - our dedicated supporters. People like you make it possible for us to protect the world’s most threatened parrots.

Our work

Saving Endangered Species

Many parrot species have become endangered because of human-caused and other severe impacts to their populations. Saving them requires that we understand their situation in the wild and implement actions to ensure their survival.

The WPT works with partners to study the ecology of little-known species and determine the status of wild parrot populations by interviewing local people, reviewing historical sightings, carrying out genetic studies and supporting range-wide population counts. These activities go hand-in-hand with identifying the main causes for their decline, such as trapping for the pet trade, persecution as crop pests, disease, habitat loss and emerging threats.

Once these factors are better understood, the WPT and its partners act to stop declines and rebuild wild populations with several strategies, including supporting breeding-for-release programs, helping wild birds breed successfully, stopping trade, translocations and reintroductions. Seeking the long-term participation of all levels of government, law enforcement, communities and local NGOs is vital to these processes.

Study the ecology of little-known species
Determine the status of wild populations
Identify causes for declines
Implement strategies to stop the threats
Create plans to build or rebuild wild populations
Seek participation at all levels

Protecting Wild Spaces

Parrots can be found in a variety of unique habitats, but many of these special places are being lost or threatened by human activities. Large tracts have been destroyed due to logging, fragmentation from development and agriculture, and from fires that ravage the landscape, seriously impacting the lives of both parrots and people. Preserving areas for wild parrots is critical for ensuring their long-term survival.

Our collaborative efforts help slow the loss of critical parrot habitat and support work to restore it. The work may initially focus on surveying how much forest is left, assessing its ability to sustain parrot populations and identifying what is negatively impacting it. Additionally, finding out how wild parrots use habitat for foraging and nesting is key in determining how to protect the most critical areas. Habitat protection and restoration efforts then focus on developing native plant restoration projects, creating protected reserves and teaching local communities how to prevent and mitigate fire damage.

Assess status and viability of key habitat
Identify factors impacting habitat
Examine how parrots use wild spaces
Develop reforestation projects beneficial to people and parrots
Help create protected reserves where parrots live
Teach local communities about wildfire mitigation

Fighting the Wildlife Trade

People have long been fascinated by parrots' beauty, intelligence and human-like behaviours. Their appeal has led to many species being trapped for the wild bird trade. Trafficking in wild birds has been devastating to wild parrot populations and has created welfare challenges for individual birds.

The WPT has a multi-pronged strategy to fight trade. With partners we document and monitor online and other trafficking routes and share findings with authorities so they may better enforce laws intended to protect wildlife. WPT also supports local parrot rescue partners with care and basic veterinary training, providing supplies and building capacity to empower officials to confiscate more parrots. Education plays a key long-term role in inspiring local people to find alternatives to trapping and spreading awareness of the harm and illegality of trapping. The participation of all levels of government, law enforcement, communities and local NGOs is vital to these processes.

Document trade activities and share with authorities
Support rehabilitation centres with infrastructure
Build capacity to encourage more seizures
Engage communities in alternative livelihoods and awareness
Seek participation at all levels

Improving Welfare

Millions of people keep parrots as companions. Some do poorly because their specialized diets, high intelligence and social needs can be challenging for the people who care for them. They need proper care, attention and enrichment to live healthy lives.

The WPT works to improve parrot welfare by reaching out to a global audience of caregivers, bird-keepers and rescue workers by publishing educational care, behaviour and enrichment materials. This is done through web, social media and print resources and is published in multiple languages. We encourage support for adoption and re-homing of parrots from sanctuaries to help alleviate the problem of overcrowding in these rescue facilities. In certain circumstances involving large groups of birds, the WPT also develops and manages facilities to improve their welfare and provide long-term care.

We support adoption and re-homing of parrots from sanctuaries to help alleviate the problem of overcrowding in these rescue facilities. In certain circumstances involving large groups of birds, the WPT also develops and manages facilities to improve their welfare and provide long-term care.

Reach thousands of parrot enthusiasts across the world
Publish educational materials on care and enrichment
Create engaging online events for caregivers
Encourage support for adoption and re-homing of parrots
Build facilities to care for large groups of in-need parrots

Inspiring Local Communities

Reaching out to people where parrots live is at the heart of securing their long-term protection. By partnering with local communities we create a future where parrots are valued as a cultural and essential part of their lives.

The WPT supports partners that involve communities in learning and caring about why parrots and their habitats matter. In-country organisations plan school programs and community events celebrate parrots as the unique creatures they are and how important they and their lands are to people as well. Equally important is teaching about the harm and illegality of parrot trapping. To this end, we also work to create ecotourism and other sustainable, long-term initiatives that benefit people and parrots.

Involve communities in caring for parrots and their wild spaces
Develop engagement activities such as school programs and community events
Change attitudes towards parrots and nature
Educate local people on the harm and illegality of parrot trapping
Help to build ecotourism and other sustainable alternatives to trapping