Remember Rio, the animated movie about Rio, the cute blue domesticated parrot? The 2011 hit movie raised awareness about macaws, but as it seems, it wasn’t enough. Apparently, Blu was the last of his species, with the Brazilian bird going officially extinct.
The Spix’s macaw was declared an endangered species about 7 years ago. Despite the best efforts of scientists, there are now no blue macaws left in the wild. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Bit by bit, we’re destroying whole ecosystems by allowing rare animals to go extinct. The blue macaw is the last in a long line of officially extinct animals. New species pop up on the endangered species list every month which is proof enough that we’re destroying nature.
The only left blue macaws now are held in captivity, which is more than sad. These birds are not very adaptive and couldn’t adapt to living in the wild with so many predators. To raise awareness on the animal, author Tony Juniper released a book called “Spix’s Macaw: The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Bird” in 2002. Obviously, people weren’t that interested in it.
Apart from the blue macaw, 7 other bird species have recently been declared extinct. In most cases, deforestation and human interference are the main causes of animal extinction. We’re just wondering how many species have to go extinct before we realize the damage we’re doing?