Project aims to help save Spix birds from extinction

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Brazil is trying to save a rare bird from extinction. They’re known as the Spix, or little blue Macaw.

The blockbuster film Rio 2 brought the birds to the world’s attention. But the last one to be seen in the wild is believed to have died in the year 2000.

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CCTV’s Stephen Gibbs was given rare access to a project that aims help save the birds from extinction.

Project aimed to help save Spix birds from extinction

Project aimed to help save Spix birds from extinction

Brazil is trying to save a rare bird from extinction. They're known as the Spix, or little blue Macaw. The blockbuster film Rio 2 brought the birds to the world's attention. But the last one to be seen in the wild is believed to have died in the year 2000. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs was given rare access to a project that aims help save the birds from extinction.

More details:

  • First identified in Brazil almost two centuries ago, it was soon avidly hunted by collectors.
  • In the 1980s birds were still being illegally traded, for hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
  • The last known specimen in the wild disappeared in the year 2000.

 

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Photo: Stephen Gibbs

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Photo: Stephen Gibbs

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Photo: Stephen Gibbs