Kids clued up on parrots

| 29/04/2009

(CNS): Cayman Wildlife Rescue marked Earth Week on Saturday, 25 April 25th, Cayman Wildlife rescue celebrated Earth Week with a programme designed to educate children on the plight of the Cayman Parrot and how by protecting their environment they will also protect the Cayman Parrot. “Playtime for Parrots,” included a presentation on the link between Cayman’s forests and the birds explaining how this National Symbol depends on green spaces for food and nesting. Following “Are you as Green as a Cayman Parrot?” the young people made toys for parrots tat have been rescued.

Cayman Wildlife Rescue is tasked with the rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned wildlife species such as the Cayman Parrot, that are brought in each year for care.  This low-flying species is at risk for being hit by oncoming traffic and each year several are brought in for injuries from cars.

“While the majority of the injured parrots brought in for care re-cuperate and are released, sometimes a Cayman Parrot is so badly injured it can never be released.  Fortunately Cayman Parrots can do very well in captivity,” said  Alison Corbett, Project Manager

Cocoplum, a young Cayman Parrot, struck by a car last fall had to have several surgeries to save his wing but Cocoplum will never regain his flight and has now been placed with other rescued Cayman Parrots at Boatswains Beach.  There he receives excellent care and acts as an ambassador to educate visitors about the impact of humans on wildlife.


The Cayman Parrot is also falling victim to the illegal pet trade.  Several years ago a young parrot was turned over to Cayman Wildlife Rescue after being robbed from its nest.  “Toby was one of the unlucky parrots, doomed for a future in a cage.  Luckily he was turned over to us and hand-raised by an experienced volunteer,”  added Corbett. “Parrots such as these, who are very tame and lack the “life skills” to survive in the wild have little hope for release.” 


One caring local farmer, Otto Watler, has dedicated much of his life to the Cayman Parrot and has created a sanctuary for rescued parrots to live their lives in safe and spacious aviaries.  Cayman Wildlife Rescue has been assisting Otto Watler in his efforts and provides the parrots with food, treats and enrichment such as new toys every week  At Playtime for Parrots children built toys for these rescued Cayman Parrots.  “The Cayman Parrot is very intelligent, in the wild they would spend much of their day foraging for food and socializing with other parrots,” Corbett said. “ In captivity we engage them with enrichment such as toys to keep them mentally stimulated and entertained.”


She thanked Animal House for donating generously and supplying toy making materials for the children and noted that the event was also a recycling effort as wood scraps and discarded baby toys were reused to make parrot toys.  The Machine Shop donated their left over wood scraps and made pre-drilled cubes the children could easily string on rope. Attendees were treated themselves to face painting by Taya Maki and received bird buddy wristbands & Cayman Parrot colouring sheets after completing the toy-building.  “It was a very fun day and I thank all the volunteers, contributors and most of all the children for supporting the Cayman Parrot,” Corbett  added.


If you find injured wildlife call the LIME sponsored Wildlife Emergency Hotline 917-BIRD(2473) Members of the public should never attempt to care for a wild animal themselves, as wildlife requires veterinary care and special diets.  Cayman Wildlife Rescue is a programme of the National Trust and is financed by donations from the public and staffed 100% by volunteers.  Please contact the Project Manager, Alison Corbett, at for information on volunteering or to make a donation.




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  1. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to Alison Corbett for her heroic work with Cayman Islands Parrots and all our beleaguered wild animals.