How Conservation Partners Worked to Save Puerto Rican Parrots from Extinction

Jafet Vélez-Valentín, MSc, MAR, Wildlife Biologist/ Aviculturist/Aviary Operations Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program Office

Sarah Long, Director, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Population Management CenterSunny Nelson, Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds, Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
10:00-11:30amThe National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 W. Division Street
RSVP – NMPRAC – 773-486-8345
Puerto Rican Parrots have arrived at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo! As a partnership with Lincoln Park Zoo, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture will host a discussion on the conservation project of the Puerto Rican Parrot at El Yunque National Rainforest. The species is the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico and has been listed as critically endangered. Lincoln Park Zoo has currently two Puerto Rican parrots on display in the mainland U.S. The purpose of this talk is to educate the community about this important species that is native of the Island and part of its natural ecology. There will be educational stations for the family to enjoy!

This event is free of charge.