Dear Parrots magazine,

Reply to Eb Cravens

The Loro Parque Foundation (LPF) appreciates the thoughtful letter from Eb Cravens, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to discuss the important issues raised by a fellow breeder of such experience. Our reply hinges on four aspects, the first being that the Spix’s Macaw is an exception to the rule almost across the board, including rules that could be said to govern natural parrot-keeping. Another two aspects are that we provide more details of the situation with the pair of Spix’s Macaws in question, and we comment about perspectives of natural parrot-keeping. The fourth aspect is simply to mention that the news was translated to English from the original, and it is clear to us that in the process, a couple of nuances were lost, for which we apologise.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

The cull

It appears the issue of culling feral parakeets is going to continue, and I am in total agreement with the editor’s ‘Soapbox’ in the October issue of parrots.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Loro Parque reply

I would like to sincerely thank Dr Reinschmidt and Dr Waugh of Loro Parque for their kindly reply to my previous letter regarding the Spix’s Macaw and Purple-naped Lory chicks.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Don’t hit the pet shop

My youngest daughter (13 yrs old) has always had a passion for a budgie or cockatiel, and has always shown a mature attitude towards all animals. Almost a year ago, she started to look around and there was always a resistant to go to a pet shop, as generally, it seems they don’t have a very good reputation.

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