Saturday, August 01, 2009

Endangered bird on display

The endangered Swift Parrot goes on show in a Tasmanian zoo today for the first time.

A Hobart breeder gave 15 parrots to Tasmania Zoo near Launceston to take part in a breeding program.

The zoo's owner Dick Warren says it's a great coup for any wildlife park.

"It's been on the endangered list for a long time and they're getting very rare," Mr Warren said.

"We've been fighting for six years to get the Swift Parrot and to have a breeding program."

"We've been fighting for a fair while now for permits and we've just got them through - we've had to build a special enclosure," he said.

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