Uganda Wildlife Authority Releases Smuggled Parrots
The national Wildlife Authority of Uganda has released 204 African Grey parrots into the wild at Kibaale National Park in the west of the African country. The parrots had been confiscated from illegal bird smugglers at a border post and also at a private farm along the highway leading to the capital Kampala. At the release ceremony UWA’s Community Conversation coordinator, Johnson Maseruka said these parrots are part of the 270 parrots rescued from smugglers who wanted to export them to European countries.
Maseruka said the demand for African grey parrots for sale is very high in the world market where a parrot can go for up to 2,000 US dollars. As a result African Greys in the wild are highly endangered. Lillian Nsubuga, UWA’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) said a lot of preparatory work has been done before the release of these birds into the wild, which includes research on the sustainability of the national park, and training people who will handle the birds and organizing field inspection of all site.