1. Can everyone visit the Spix’s macaws after their arrival?

No. The Breeding Center is a conservation breeding facility, its purpose is to raise, breed and upkeep wildlife specimens in captivity for reintroduction or maintenance of a genetically viable stock of a threatened species, so their exhibition and monetization is banned in accordance with CONAMA resolution 489 of 2018.

Conservation breeding facilities can not have visitation, in accordance to Brazilian law their goal is to provide a calm environment to allow breeding. Visitor access might cause stress and promote the spread of diseases from people to birds or vice-versa.

The birds will be under quarantine in which security measures for sanitation will be adopted to prevent contamination risks towards wild and domesticated birds and humans. Any access during this period must follow procedures approved by the MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture). The procedures only foresee the access of staff to care for and handle the birds.

2. Quarantine

The Spix’s macaws will undergo quarantine for 21 days, a period in which no one shall have contact with them except for veterinarians and handlers. They, in turn, must use masks, gloves and overalls. All the breeding facility’s waste including these items, feces and food scraps from the animals shall be sterilized before being discarded.

This protocol prevents the contamination of animals or persons by the macaws brought from Germany that may, perhaps, manifest some illness upon arriving in Brazil.

Once they are reintroduced, that is, when they are set free in their natural habitat and when conditions are safe for them. After all, we do not wish to repeat past errors and let them fall into the hands of wildlife traffickers. We must avoid all such risks.

The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACT), is a German NGO who has the sponsorship of various European companies and partnerships established around the world. It is them who shall care for the Spix’s macaws and the team of veterinarians, biologists, handlers and volunteers in the region for at least 5 years.

The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), is a Brazilian government body that manages the protected areas where the Spix’s macaws will live in, an area equal to 120 thousand hectares. It is encharged with actions in community engagement, drafting management plans, conservation partnerships, liability terms, the area’s protection and environmental education.