Today is Threatened Species Day. With less than 20 orange-bellied parrots left in the wild Adelaide Zoo have stepped up with their breeding program to help save the species. So this breeding season they will be trialling an artificial light technique at the zoo to start the breeding season earlier and hopefully get the parrots to have more chicks. This is a world first for this species.
The Orange-Bellied Parrot is one of the worlds most endangered birds with less then 20 left in the wild. It is believed they will be extinct in 3-5 years! The Orange-Bellied Parrots threats are feral cats and red foxes, habitat destruction, inbreeding and beak and feather disease. The amount of babies that get this disease is 75%! The Orange-Bellied Parrot is the most endangered member of the grass parrot family Neophema. But hopefully Adelaide Zoo's conservation work will help save this species from the brink of extinction.
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