Orange-bellied parrots: Crowdfunding last-ditch efforts to save critically endangered species

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An emergency plan and crowdfunding campaign have been launched in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot from extinction. Without urgent action the species is likely to be extinct within two years, according to researchers. The bird migrates each year from Victoria to Tasmania’s south-west, but this season only three wild females and 11 males survived the migration to Melaleuca. To boost the population, researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) will intervene in the wild birds’ breeding process.

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