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Old film about the repatriation of Spix's Macaw

It relates to the repatriation of two Spix's Macaws from Paraguay to Brazil

Some old film of a news broadcast in 1987 on Brazilian TV can be viewed at

It relates to the repatriation of two Spix's Macaws from Paraguay to Brazil. Juan Villalba-Macias was Director of TRAFFIC South America at the time and had led a raid with police support to a house in Asunción belonging to Ernst Koopmann, a notorious wildlife dealer of German origin. They were the last known offspring - approximately two months old at the time of seizure - of the Spix's Macaws at Melância Creek near Petrolina in Bahia. It was intended that they would be sent to Europe for re-sale. Apparently a dealer in Petrolina had transferred the two young macaws to a middleman in the south of Brazil for US$ 10,000 and they had been passed on to Koopmann for US$ 20,000. He would have received $US 40,000 from the dealer in Europe.


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