Western Ground Parrots die in captive breeding program

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Subject: Western Ground Parrots die in captive breeding program
From: Greg Roberts <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:18:26 +0000
Two Western Ground Parrots recently captured at Cape Arid for a captive
breeding program at Perth Zoo have died from a respiratory illness. Yet
organisers plan to go back to the area in autumn to catch more birds from
the tiny remnant population for the program. Just 10 per cent of the bird's
habitat survives following recent bushfires.

It's worth having a discussion about the wisdom of this. News story on the
deaths here:

Greg Roberts
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