Salba Nos Lora


“Protecting Parrots on Bonaire”

Endangered and protected

Unfortunately, the chance that a young Lora eventually becomes an adult and can make himself a nest is not so great. Many eggs and chicks are killed by rats, feral cats and even other birds. Humans are an even greater threat. Poachers still take the Lora chicks from their nest to sell them.

The Lora is a popular cage bird. That's because it's a very clever bird which likes company and is able to learn to speak. On Bonaire over 600 Loras live in cages. That's almost as much as are flying in the wild. Lora chicks are also illegally exported to Curaçao and abroad. Moreover, Loras are regulary shot or captured because they eat the fruit of farmers and gardeners.

If Loras don’t get the chance to bring up their young in nature, the risk exists that the population of wild Loras will get too old to lay eggs. Especially in combination with a dry summer, the Lora can get extinct quickly. In Aruba it's already happened in 1947. There, the habitat of Loras had to make way for buildings and the Loras got extinct due to hunting and poaching.

In the former Netherlands Antilles, the Lora was legally protected since 1952. Initially, it didn’t help because the law was not enforced. The Lora was threatened so seriously that protection by international agreements was required. The Lora is now protected by treaties, national laws and local laws. It is forbidden to  capture, kill or sell Loras, and and to keep them in captivity. The nests and eggs should be left alone.

In 2002 the government of Bonaire banded and recorded all Loras in captivity. From that moment all Loras without a band were recognisable as illegal. On violations of the law are severe penalties. To capture or kill a Lora deliberately is considered as a crime.

Our Loras are protected in triple fold