As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 29 June 2018

Chester Zoo provides new home for 100 exotic birds rescued from illegal traders

The birds were destined to be sold illegally as pets

Community Contributor
21:00, 21 JUN 2018
Chester Zoo has provided a safe haven for almost 100 exotic birds after they were seized from the illegal wildlife trade.
The birds, from 14 under threat species, have been given a safe new home in the zoo’s habitats.
They were destined to be illegally sold as pets before being seized by customs officials in Europe as part of a collaboration against the trade.
The illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest international crime in the world, worth around $19 billion annually.
Hundreds of bird species are known to appear in parts of Europe after being taken from the wild in Africa, South America and South East Asia.
The birds at Chester Zoo will now play a crucial role in boosting safety net numbers of each species as part of international breeding programmes, managed by the zoo and the global conservation community.

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