Lymington Foundation

The Lymington Foundation is a world reference in the care of endangered wild birds. BluestOne is increasingly involved in supporting their actions.

A safe haven
for birds

The Lymington Foundation Scientific Breeding for Conservation Purposes, located in the municipality of Juquitiba – SP, was founded by Mr. Willian Karl Wittkoff, or Mr. Bill, and his wife, Mrs. Linda. The Foundation has a total area of 15 hectares and is registered with Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA) under the number 782933.

For over 20 years, it has been receiving and rehabilitating endangered wild birds from the Brazilian fauna to return them to nature, with the aim of breeding and releasing them in protected and monitored areas.

Since obtaining its license from IBAMA, the breeding facility has developed techniques capable of reproducing and returning as many birds as possible to their natural habitat, and is specialized and recognized worldwide for its experience

in the maintenance and reproduction of the Golden parakeet (Guaruba guarouba), Lear’s macaw (Anodorhynchus leari), Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), Chauá parrots (Amazona rhodocorytha) and Purple-bellied parrots (Amazona vinacea).

Its current president is Prof. Dr. Luis Fábio Silveira, who is also the vice-director and curator of the Ornithological Collections at the Zoology Museum of the University of São Paulo, as well as a professor in the Zoology Department at USP.

The Foundation has partnerships with the most respected research institutions in Brazil, and BluestOne aims to help them expand breeding under human care. Our first involvement with Lymington is with the project to reintroduce golden parakeets to Belém, where they became extinct 100 years ago.

Golden parakeet
(Guaruba guarouba)

Since 2019, the Lymington Foundation, in partnership with the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Florestal e da Biodiversidade do Estado do Pará (Ideflor-Bio), has been carrying out a project to reintroduce the golden parakeet to the Utinga State Park in Belém – PA, given that the species has not been seen in the region since the last century.

This endemic bird of the Amazon biome is considered “vulnerable” and is on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). So far, more than 50 golden parakeets have been introduced, and they intend to bring many more back to the wild.

Watch the webseries about the actions carried out in the golden parakeet project on Globoplay by clicking here.