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New home for endangered parrots hoped to encourage breeding

It's hoped a new home will help two critically endangered parrots to breed on Island.

The Supporters of the Curraghs Wildlife Park (SCWP), has built a new aviary for Lila and Chester - two Lilacine parrots at the park. 

The new home provides more flight space for the 'colourful and charismatic' parrots as well as a cosy nest box and lots of branches to climb.

23-year-old Lila has been at the Park for a while, but her new partner - Chester, arrived from Chester Zoo this year and is only a few years old.  

These parrots can live for 50 years and pair for life and, so far, the duo are getting on very well.  

With only a few thousand of these birds left in the wild in Ecuador, population management within zoos is essential to secure their survival.

Kathleen Graham, General Manager of the Curraghs Wildlife Park said: "We hope that the new aviary with encourage Lila and Chester to breed, thus contributing to our conservation aims”.

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