The ARA Project - Macaw Conservation in Costa Rica

2 April 2013 | Robert Godden

Rachel Godden is working this year in Costa Rica for the ARA Project which runs a captive breeding programme for Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, species that have declined drastically in the wild in that country. She has been at one of their release sites (at Punta Islita on the Nicoya peninsula) helping with the release of young birds that have been bred at their headquarters in Alajuela. However, ARA is being evicted from Alajuela in an unpleasant and aggressive manner, and the project is looking to raise funds quickly to safely transfer the birds to the new centre which is being set up at Punta Islita. She asks if you could spare a few minutes to watch this short video ( More information about the project can be found at