Revered by the Maya (the ancient peoples of Guatemala and Honduras), scarlet macaws once flew in abundance over much of Central America. Today their numbers have drastically fallen throughout Latin and South America, as the beautiful birds are under constant and sustained threat from deforestation and poaching.
Some of those scarlet macaws live near the small community of Rus Rus in the eastern Honduras region of La Mosquitia. A leader among the local indigenous people, Tomás Manzanares, and Dr. LoraKim Joyner, director of Lafeber Conservation and Wildlife in Gainesville, Fla., recently launched an effort to build a biological research station that aims to protect and monitor the scarlet macaws.
Born Free USA is happy to have contributed funds for that research station. Through your generosity, we intend to give more. A little money goes a long way toward making the research station a success.
Please consider a donation to help one of the most beautiful birds on Earth. If 100 people were to give $10 apiece, we could contribute $1,000 toward their protection in Honduras. Success at the biological research station near Rus Rus will mean not only a healthy population of scarlet macaws, but also the preservation of rainforest habitat that many other wild creatures, of many species and sizes, call home.
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