Loro Parque has announced that a further 20 red masked parakeets have been returned to their natural habitat in Ecuador after being victims of illegal trafficking. They join 39 already released as part of a project that has been supported technically and financially by Loro Parque Fundación since 2019, joining Fundación Jocotoco and other organizations whose objective is to help this species. The red masket parakeet is classified as near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and these works are wholly aimed at preventing its continued population decline since it is a favourite species for illegal traffickers as well as being made vulnerable through loss of habitat. This Parque’s work with birds is phenomenal, and fundamental to some of these species’ very survival! Here’s a video, in Spanish, but with English subtitles.