Cemal has been keeping and breeding captive bred parrots for many years. Oscar, our resident Green Winged Macaw was hatched in Hertfordshire in 2009. We have had Oscar since she was 3 months old and thought she was male for almost 12 years until she laid her first egg in 2021! Oscar is very mischievous and is often seen clambering around the shop in her own time. She has a fetish for shoes, laces and sparkly objects. Oscar is fully flighted and has escaped a couple of times but generally is happy in the shop chatting and interacting with people and other animals.
We support the World Parrot Trust and specifically fund the Ara project in Costa Rica. The principle aim of this project is Macaw conservation. The two species of endemic Macaw, the Scarlet and Great Green are endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. The project breeds and releases the Macaws back into the wild and they take part in education programs in schools to encourage conservation. We also fund tree planting to help link the fragmented parts of the rainforest so that these majestic birds can forage and breed naturally over a much larger area.
The aroma of our new ‘Rainforest’ scented candle, with notes of coconut, vanilla and ylang ylang, evokes the lush rainforest as it meets the tropical coastline where macaws go to feed on beach almonds and other fruits. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this candle will go directly to the World Parrot Trust and specifically to a project we fund in Costa Rica. The World Parrot Trust is a registered charity that funds conservation work around the world and in its 32 years it has helped the survival of 70 parrot species in 43 countries.
We have also set up a JustGiving page (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cemal-Cemal) to which any appreciated donations will also go directly to the World Parrot Trust.
We thank everyone that has donated to this cause and as an ongoing concern we are very grateful for your interest and continued support. We really have made a difference as the Macaw population statistics are showing and upward trend in Costa Rica.
Check out this great video from the Ara Project in Costa Rica