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Macaw Recovery Network

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Board Development
  • Community
  • Environment


San JoséSan Jose, San Jose 11801Costa Rica Costa Rica

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Many parrot species are on the brink of extinction and it is a pivotal time to band together. The Network brings together organizations that are interested in the development and sharing of practical knowledge. This collective of wildlife professionals encourages increased capacity through research, training and open communication among conservationists. Our mission is to recover endangered neotropical parrot populations through leading a network that develops and implements best practices in conservation.


The various Recovery Programs for the parrot species we work with are focused on hands-on conservation strategies to help bring them back from the edge of extinction. However, we recognize that to make a real difference for the parrots, we need to advance conservation across their range in a collaborative, cross-border effort. We see our role as to support our partners and to connect teams in the region with each other as well as with international experts and funders. Many parrot species are on the brink of extinction and it is a pivotal time to band together and protect parrots and nature. In 2018, the network was founded after nearly a decade working under the name The Ara Project. As the focus shifted from a local to a more range-wide approach, the need for a network became more apparent and so a name change followed. The network is professionally staffed by local and international experts and volunteers who work to save and restore parrot populations across the Neo tropics. Our primary focus is the endangered Great Green Macaw. They are in desperate need of our attention due to their recent, rapid population decline. They can be found in fragmented populations from Honduras to Ecuador. The organization’s history includes the development of various re-introduction sites across the country for both species. In previous years nearly 50 Great Green Macaws were released on the southern Caribbean coast in Manzanillo and over 160 Scarlet Macaws were released in Tiskita, Palo Verde, Curu and now Punta Islita, all located on the Pacific coast.


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