More swings, more branches, ropes and logs Our parrots, with better welfare!

Thursday, 11 August, 2016

Almost they do not touch the ground and there are frequent flights. It’s the choice of the Macaws of Oasis Park Fuerteventura after the renewal of its facilities this summer. Now they prefer to use the swings connected by ropes. They are their small roads and get them moving from one place to another exercising their beak and legs. The vision and training plan of our specialist of applied ethology and animal welfare Ana Alejandra Arroyo (Yolcati) has improved our training concept.

At the top, the food tastes better

And at lunch time?: Also they eat in the highest! Now the walls show numerous feeders of more than one meter high; before they fed on the floor. In the nature they flew up to the treetops for fear of predators. Seeing them up there, therefore is an achievement for Oasis Park Fuerteventura because indeed that is the type of natural animal behavior you want to encourage.


More trees, better home

“There are so many branches coming out of the walls it seems that a tree has entered fully into the facility” says the manager of the Parrot department, Monica Haroun. After 18 days of training, she and her two department colleagues Mikel Martin and Laura Vazquez applaud the idea of incorporating the scattered acacias throughout the three parrot rooms. They also feel the same about the two bushes growing in the facility located just to the left of the stage. These professionals are aware of the importance of the new environment where there remains no trace of the cages before. Never neglected the parrots spend almost 60% of the day finding their food with lots of obstacles, and in the heights. They are expert climbers - says Laura. With the new changes it will give them free rein to use their imagination and be entertained

The floor, with sandboxes

When it training intensity lowers they all look to the ground. From now there may be sandboxes with seeds or fruits. Cockatoos, for example, make their own nests of food on the floor and even galleries. Before it was unfeasible due to the soil type. Thus the animals themselves decide what exercise to do and when.

Nuestra compañera Mónica, observa el comportamiento de los loros

Our colleague Monica, observes the behavior of parrots

Welcome rain

One of the most anticipated moments is the artificial rain, coinciding with the heat of the day. Thus, macaws originating in Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico even, cool as if in a summer storm. A routine that favors cleanliness and good condition of their feathers, crucial for better flight and animal welfare.

Relief for the one who can barely fly

The story of one of the macaws paints a traumatic past. The Red and Green-winged macaw (Ara chloroptera), for example, has three feathers on each wing instead of 40. He, like many others, was a mere attraction in a hotel and they cut radically his flight. Now, swings, ropes, connected acacias, motivate him to stay active and arouse his most curious side. For all of them, to take flight vertically is a great effort. The case of Raul, a red ara chloroptera, is also cause for joy for the parrots team. He arrived at Oasis Park Fuerteventura and clung to a corner. In weeks his behavior has changed, he moves with more agility and, he likes swings so much and is so relaxed that he sleeps in them!

Enhancements for the animal-caregiver relationship

For weeks, when training ends Monica, Laura and Mikel the interaction between them and the parrots is even more fruitful. A relationship based on respect and grown thanks to the study of animal behavior. The positive reinforcement remains a maxim of daily work and far from what is commonly thought, trained animals are never hungry. They are responding favorably thanks to measures such as the above that undoubtedly will affect the experience for PARROTS LIVE and the visitors. All these improvements are in the sight of all. It's worth watching how they enjoy them!

The ingenious idea of Laura (left.) To design frozen peppers with nuts and fruit inside, a success for animal welfare