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Published on : Friday, November 27, 2015
Trafficking of wildlife species is the most lucrative type of illegal trade, topped only by arms and drug trafficking, according to the Portuguese Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation [Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Florestas – ICNF].
In close cooperation with the ICNF, TAP Cargo transported two Lear’s macaws (Anodorhynchus leari) from Lisbon to São Paulo on 18 November in the last row of our TP085 cabin.
The Lear’s macaw, also known as the indigo macaw, is an extremely rare endangered species. It is believed that there are fewer than 1,000 individuals living in the wild. These two birds came to be in Portugal as a result of illegal trafficking of eggs from Brazil, and this is the first time animals of this species have been successfully returned to their native country.
A representative from the Lear’s Macaw Captive Breeding Programme was there to meet the plane and ensure that the birds were safely transported to their final destination in Minas Gerais, where they will be able to breed and be returned to the wild.
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