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    Saving Macaws in Costa Rica
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Launched in 1982, the Ara Project is dedicated to saving Costa Rica’s two native macaws: the endangered Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao).

Both species have been heavily impacted by human pressures including unsustainable capture for the wild bird trade, hunting and habitat loss, and their populations have been significantly reduced. They are still at risk in the wild, and are in urgent need of help.

The Ara Project is a Costa Rican licensed, government-supervised, conservation organization operated by the non-profit organization Asociación El Proyecto Ara. Its primary purpose is focused on reintroducing the macaws to their former ranges, throughout much of Costa Rica.

The project is professionally staffed, open to the public and we welcome visitors and volunteers.

Tours are from 4:00pm to 5:00pm and only available with a reservation.

For reservations at Manzanillo our Great Green Macaw release site on the Caribbean please email: manzanillo@thearaproject.org, or call 8971-1436.

To see released Scarlet Macaws and visit our breeding Centre at Punta Islita on the Pacific please BOOK HERE to make your reservation online. After you have confirmed you booking, we will send you specific travel instructions and other important information related to visiting our site.