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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 welcomes visitors and volunteers, to tour its breeding and release centers. Visits are from 3:00pm to 5:30pm with a reservation. For reservations please email admin@thearaproject.org, or for Punta Islita call 8351-7849 and for Manzanillo call 8971-1436.