British zoo sends 6 endangered macaws for project to help save species in Bolivia

Conservationists have flown six endangered macaws from Britain to Bolivia in hopes that they can help save a species devastated by the trade in wild animals.

The blue-throated macaws arrived last week at a conservation center in northeastern Bolivia, close to their natural habitat, and the local Noel Kempff Foundation said Tuesday it hopes to breed or release them.

Such birds were long captured for sale as pets and no more than 130 of the blue-throated macaws are believed to still exist in the wild.

The six were sent to Bolivia by the Paradise Park zoo in England's Cornwall district that bred the six birds.


Associated Press writer John Rice contributed to this report from Mexico City.