Bolivian tourism boost is the real Macaw

28th Mar 2013

Six rare exotic birds bred in captivity in England have been flown to their native Bolivia to add to the country's tourist attractions.

The Blue-throated Macaws, from Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall, have been released into the wild to help restore its endangered species.

The birds have been a target for pet trade dealers and there are now just an estimated 130 of the indigenous species left in Bolivia - where they have been deemed critically endangered.

Macaws add to Bolivia's myriad tourist attractions, both natural and man-made.

The South American country is a firm favourite for lovers of trekking holidays and visitors to cultural sites. On the border with Peru sits Lake Titicaca, home to the Uros, a pre-Incan people who live on artificial floating islands on the lake.

Tourists flock to Bolivia to see ruins from the Inca and other pre-Columbian civilisations that still survive into the 21st century.

The variety of wildlife here is legendary, including spider monkeys, jaguars and the Macaw-boasted exotic bird collections.

The Macaws have been released into areas of Bolivia where the species had been extinct. But they will remain in a Bolivian aviary for several weeks, before having a 'soft release' into the wild. This includes the birds being fed and monitored for several weeks after being freed.

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