As part of our general partnership with the Explorers, we also partner with the Explorers Foundation. The Explorers Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness to the challenges and issues of the preservation of our natural, cultural and human heritage. TP Vision started to support the Scarlet macaw project in Honduras aiming to protect and restore this bird population in Honduras. In Central America, Ara macaw populations are dramatically declining. These birds are facing the destruction of their natural habitat, and are also hunted to be sold as pets. Consequently, the species may be extinct in some areas of its range.
Created in 2001, the Macaw Mountain and Bird Park Reserve, with its local and international partners, have implemented a care center for confiscated and injured birds. Encouraged by these first results, the Macaw Mountain started in 2010 a release program in natural environment, combined with public awareness actions, especially on the archaeological site of Copán, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2018, about 60 Ara macaw birds fly safely around the area now known as “The Sacred Valley of the Scarlet Macaw”. On the basis of these results, the Macaw Mountain intends to expand its effort in other areas of Honduras to reinforce Ara macaw wild populations in other territories.