The Ara Project

For over three decades the team behind The Ara Project has worked tirelessly to ensure the long-term future of Scarlet and Great Green macaws in Costa Rica. Through the years we have gained extensive knowledge that has allowed us to improve and expand our mission. Our journey has taken us from an operation within the Frisius family property in Alajuela, to new facilities constructed in Punta Islita, Guanacaste and Manzanillo, Limón, to increasing our presence countrywide. This year we take the next step in this evolution following along the trail of our successes.

Thanks to our breakthroughs at both the Great Green and Scarlet Macaw reintroduction programs, we now have enough experience to embark upon more in-depth efforts towards the conservation of these species. The Ara Project will branch into two NGOs, the Macaw Recovery Network and Ara Manzanillo, each entity existing independently and working towards macaw conservation in their specialized areas. Both NGOs will maintain The Ara Project’s drive for species restoration, contributing to the scientific community, education and conservation, as well as train new team members who will uphold our core values and vision.

We take this step with excitement for all the new things to come, and hope our supporters and allies continue to accompany us for our future accomplishments.

  ~ The Ara Project Board

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