Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Program Update

January 14, 2014 by Tiskita Jungle Lodge No Comment

An update to inform you all about the Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program in Tiskita.

Tiskita’s resident biologist, Ilona Thewissen, is in the process of setting up a new non-profit and making the website for the non-profit. The non-profit will focus specifically on the protection and study of the Scarlet Macaws that were released in Tiskita, and their wild-born offspring, while also involving the local community to make sure that the Scarlet Macaw is back in the area for good.

The non-profit will continue to make a reality of the late Margot and Richard Frisius’ vision of happy, free, wild macaws. Margot and Richard were the people that had started the reintroduction program in Tiskita over 12 years ago. We will update you when the non-profit is official and the website is online.

If you want to help, you can make a donation to Tiskita’s PayPal here:





Tiskita will transfer your donation to the new non-profit for the Scarlet Macaws as soon as its registration process is finished (expected early 2014). The funds will go directly to the running costs of the Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program, including maintenance to the release site in Tiskita (a new emergency and pre-release aviary) and the development of a Scarlet Macaw and parrot conservation education program for the local schools.

Billy Buttons & Baby Brad Release Update

A thank you to the people who donated to help us take care of Baby Brad and Billy Buttons. We are pleased to let you know that they have now been released and are getting used to their life in wild, luckily with the help of some of the previously released macaws who took an interest in them.

Plenty of jungle to explore and plenty of friends to make!

Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Program

Tiskita Jungle Lodge & Ilona Thewissen