Parrots in Peril

Hundreds of birds are singing. They live at a zoo in South Africa. Many of them are rescued parrots. Their owners gave them up. They were too hard to take care of.

Parrots are popular pet birds. They are smart animals. They can bond with their owners. Most parrots can even talk! Parrots are so loved as pets that some people steal them from the wild. That’s a problem.

By Christine Dell’Amore

National Geographic PhotoArk Joel Sartore


Life Science

As you read, think about the many different parrots there are and where they live.

national geographic photoark joel sartore

National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore is working to photograph every species in captivity. This project is called the National Geographic Photo Ark.