The Blue-Throated Macaws
Once thought to be extinct but rediscovered in 1992, the blue-throated macaw still remains a critically endangered species. With a wild population estimated to be less than 300 individuals, this species relies on conservation efforts in order to protect the species for generations to come. Surviving flocks can be found only in Bolivia, nesting in palm trees that rise above the surrounding seasonal flooded plains.
Faced with natural threats such as extreme weather patterns, nest predation, and insect infestation, the biggest challenges actually facing this species are illegal poaching and deforestation. Luckily, efforts to protect habitat and boost the populations are under way including artificial nest cavities, monitoring, supplemental breeding, education and empowering local communities.
As of 2019, more than 65 individuals call Natural Encounters home.