Apart from the Spix’s macaw, the Lubara Breeding Centre at the Al Wabra farm in Qatar is also home to some 2,000 animals of 90 different species, many of whom are threatened or endangered.
This Qatari institution aims to be a leader globally in education, research and conservation of endangered animals and their habitats.
Some of these animals include the Lear’s macaw, which is endemic to northeastern Brazil and has a small wild population of about 75 to 1,000 birds; six different species of ‘birds of paradise’, including two distinct sub-species of the ‘Greater Bird of Paradise’; the Phillip’s Dikdik, one of the smallest antelopes on earth; Somali wild ass, known as the most endangered wild equid worldwide; and Beira antelope, a heat sensitive species, which needs air conditioned quarters in the hot Qatar summers.
Lubara is also among the few breeding facilities in the world, which can successfully breed the Spix’s macaw.
Some of these centres include the Association for the Conservation of Extinct Parrots in Germany, which has specimens and technology for the reproduction of such species; Parrots International, a New Zealand-based breeding enterprise; as well as the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.
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