Four steps implementing the parrot rehabilitation and release center:
To bring the project into the world PSITAMEX needs to find adequate territory first. Then it will have to deal with all necessary legal requirements to being able to construct the necessary infrastructure and finally implement the educational center and make the whole project run.
I: Finding adequate territory
PSITAMEX is looking for approximately 50 to 150 hectares of land. The natural conditions of tropical forest will be reestablished in most of the area. Only minimum space will be transformed to serve as (eco-) infrastructure to receive and liberate parrots and to host visitors, scientists and volunteers.
II: Meeting all legal requirements
The purchased area has to be legally settled to receive confiscated individuals of any Mexican parrot species and subspecies that is native to the region. In order to being able to receive captive individuals from zoos or private transfers at the planned center the team and the Mexican authorities have to collaborate to establish a legal foundation.
III: Constructing the release center and side facilities
The infrastructure will include a main building with a reception area, an office, community space and a community kitchen. The release center will consist of a quarantine facility as well as a veterinary office and several aviaries (Pre-liberation aviaries will ensure species-specific socialization and the acquiring of behavior that will guarantee the survival after liberation – liberation aviaries will be in a forested area not open to the public). Vistors, such as eco-tourists, scientists and volunteers will be hosted in several tiny houses, which will meet the standards of sustainable eco-lodges. All buildings will be constructed based on ecosystem friendly techniques. Locals and experts in eco-lodging will be employed to make sure that the building site represents our understanding of respect towards nature. We want to cover different lodging types. Therefore prizes can be adapted according to different categories.
IV: Implementing the educational center
The center for environmental education (Centro para la Educación Ambiental – CEA) will raise awareness among participators and visitors on how to interact responsibly with a world full of living beings. It will furthermore function as a model showing how environmental restoration and conservation is possible. By offering eco-touristic activities (like bird watching, hiking, photography workshops, etc.) PSITAMEX wants to invite the community around the center to learn about and experience its sustainable potential.
“The protection and management of wilderness and biodiversity will guarantee the survival and development of future local generations.”, says Sarai Anaya Valera biologist and co-founder of the project persuaded.