African grey parrots and their discovered decline
Amongst parrots, the African Grey ranks pretty high in popularity. From its obvious-colored coat to its intellectual capacity, these beautiful birds generate large demand around the world. Throughout the lands of West and Central Africa (especially in Ghana), the African Greys had once appeared by hundreds. That can no longer be said today as the parrots have almost completely disappeared from Ghana alone.
According to National Geographic, the declining number of African Greys can be attributed to two specific factors—the loss of forests and the ongoing pet trade. Beginning with the primer, the loss of forests has been a result of trees being physically cut down. As large trees provide the breeding ground for the African Greys, the removal of these trees ends up limiting that process.
The article states, “In 1992 the United States banned the import of wild African Grey parrots. The EU followed in 2007.” Despite these efforts, captive-bred trading continues to affect the numbers of these particular birds. As a result of weak regulations and heavy trade of the African Grey, about 45 to 65 percent of these wild birds cease to live before they are able to reach export markets.
The Convention on the international Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), have completed a proposal for the complete ban for trading all wild-caught parrots. While this solution would not end illegal trade altogether, it would definitely work to reduce the scale at which African Greys are disappearing.