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Protecting parrots and other endangered wildlife from the illegal exotic pet trade


Canada and the US have a large illegal trade market of Mexican parrots and other endangered wildlife. These parrots are found for sale online, at pet stores and sold by individuals. 


Mexico has 22 species of parrots and macaws. All species are officially in a category of risk: 11 species are in danger of extinction; 7 are threatened and 4 are under special protection.

In 2007, TEYELIZ documented that more than 78,000 parrots were illegally captured each year; 77% died before reaching a consumer, which is 60,000 dead parrots yearly. This means that 8 out of 10 parrots die in the process of capture, collection, transport, distribution, and sale; in other words, for every parrot that a consumer buys, 4 parrots die on the way from capture to sale.

The capture of parrots is an activity that has been carried out in Mexico for centuries. In modern times, parrots are legally and illegally overexploited, leading them to the most critical conservation status. In fact, most of the wild parrots and macaws for sale in North America come from the illegal trade.

In 2022, TEYELIZ  published a review of the illegal trade of parrots in Mexico, and our recent estimate is that from 2009 to 2021, the illegal trade decreased by 47.14%. (Please read the full reports below by clicking on them).


The annual illicit capture of parrots is now in the range of 34,000 to 41,500 parrots.

Unfortunately, this is not enough. To guarantee the survival of most parrot species, as

illegal trade must decrease by an 80% or 90%.


For this reason, IAFAF has now joined TEYELIZ, to support the great work that they are doing at CITES, and at a Mexican national level to help protect and conserve the very endangered Mexican parrots, owls, jaguars and other wild felines, primates, amphibians and so on.

Sadly where there is demand, there will be people profiting from wild animals, so we urge you not to buy endangered wildlife animals. If you buy endangered parrots or any wild animal, more than often you support and maintain the cruel illegal businesses and people exploiting wild animals on Mexico to be sold as exotic pets.


It is NOT COOL to have wild animals in apartments or homes. In the traffic of exotic birds, barely 2 out of 10 arrives alive to the market. 8 of these birds perish in transit in horrific conditions: suffocated, tied, starved, drugged, beaten up, or die because of the heat, mistreatment and terrible ways used to poach them, and extract them illegally inside bottles, tires, engines, suitcases, etc.

We all can help to protect them and reduce their illegal trade in Mexico, while also avoid them to come to Canada and the USA (The traders always find ways to deceit the authorities to take them abroad).


But we cannot do it without your support to help us to combat the illegal trade of wildlife.


Your support will create more awareness about this problem, so we kindly ask you to support our work with a donation (or monthly donation), so that we can continue our educational campaigns and scientific reports, to reduce the demand of many endangered parrots and other threatened species of wild animals in Mexico

-and abroad-, so that they can stay free, safe and alive in the forest where they truly belong.

You can learn more about TEYELIZ A.C. here:

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Read TEYELIZ scientific reports
(Click on each report to open it)

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To read other TEYELIZ reports delivered at CITES (UNEP), click here:

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