Parrots of the Caribbean

Yo ho ho! It was all hands on deck when DZG bird keepers played the part of ‘Parrots of the Caribbean’ to mark World Parrot Day.

The whole team dressed as swashbuckling pirates outside The Round House near the bird aviaries yesterday to celebrate our stunning eight scarlet macaws on the special international day.

Head of Birds Nicola Wright, Conservation Officer Chris Leeson and bird keepers Ben Vanes, Kriss Pearson, Rachel Marson and Jess Jones all got on board to entertain Bank Holiday visitors with a selection of pirate-themed games.

There was a treasure chest game called The Cursed Key, a coconut shy and a pirate tombola called the Doubloon Dip.

Nicola said: “We all had great fun celebrating parrots and getting into the pirate spirit. Our scarlet macaws have been with us for just over a month now and are settling well into their new home.

“Money raised from our games will go towards work being conducted by the World Parrot Trust and we really AARRRRGGH very grateful to everyone who supported us throughout the day!”

The World Parrot Trust has supported an on-going release project in collaboration with Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History (IHAH) and the Copan Association. To date, there have been five releases, including one at a private hacienda outside of Copan.

Why did the pirate take his parrot on holiday? 
He needed some AARRRRGGH and AARRRRGGH!