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Uploaded on Jan 25, 2011
In November 2010, over 500 African Grey Parrots were confiscated from illegal trappers without permits by the Regional Director of the DRC's Ministry of Environment. This was hailed as a triumph for African Grey conservation and long-term efforts of the World Parrot Trust to halt the trade in this iconic African parrot. PASA's Lwiro Sanctuary rehabilitated these parrots until just before Christmas last year when armed government officials seized the parrots from the sanctuary, packing them onto pick-ups for transport in the same crates to Kinshasa. The celebrated 'Congo 500' were now doomed to the rest of their lives in a breeding facility in South Africa or an emerging market in the Far East. Two days later 730 African Grey Parrots died on a commercial flight to Durban. Wild-caught African Greys on their way to quarantine...