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This is our Story...

Scarlet and Panettone are always together and love to do mischief at the center.

I’m Scarlet. I lived in captivity during my first three years of life and was confiscated by authorities. Because my natural behavior was altered, I had a very strong attachment to people and my lack of instinct makes it difficult for me to survive in the wild.

For this reason, I stay as a resident at the JRC where they give me a quality of life to compensate for my first years of life. I also serve as an education ambassador to visitors and locals on the consequences of the captivity of wild species.

I’m Panettone. The Great Green Macaw went extinct in the south Caribbean coast of Costa Rica but thanks to the efforts made by the Ara Manzanillo Project, the species was reintroduced and is thriving in the area.

They built craft nests for the macaws to use in the trees and monitor them. I was brought to the center since I fell from a nest and fractured my wing, because of this I will not be able to fly again. I´m now a permanent resident of the JRC and an ambassador for the education of endangered species.

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Your symbolic adoption of $105 per month helps us with: Food, Medicine, Maintenance, Care and Enrichment of enclosures.

By symbolically adopting one of these amazing animals you will receive: (1) a personalized certificate of adoption and (2) the background story of the animal you adopted with photos (please note that we send all documents in PDF format via Email).


Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family.

The coloring is suited to life in Central and South American rainforests, with their green canopies and colorful fruits and flowers.

The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits.

Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items.

In Danger

The majority of macaws are now endangered in the wild and a few are extinct. The greatest problems threatening the macaw population are the rapid rate of deforestation and illegal trapping for the bird trade.

As with many other bird species and wildlife, deforestation and habitat degradation also pose a significant threat to population numbers.


Macaws are pretty loud. You will most likely hear a macaw before you see it. Their loud calls, squawks, and other distinctive vocalizations can be heard reverberating throughout the jungle. It’s used as a way to mark territory, communicate with the flock and identify partners.

Some macaws can mimic human speech. Whilst macaws can’t exactly talk, they are famous for their ability to copy human speech, along with other noises in their environment.