Jane Goodall's Thoughts on Parrots

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A Few Words on Parrots from Jane Goodall

"Parrots are almost unbelievably intelligent. Like apes and elephants and dolphins they can think and solve problems. In nature parrots are very social, flying, roosting and feeding in brightly colored flocks.

"Because they are so smart, people want to possess them. For me, the sight of a parrot living alone, living in a cage, deprived of flight, miserably bored, breaks my heart. And the parrot’s too, perhaps. There are hundreds of parrots suffering, unloved and unwanted, by those who have not understood their emotional and social needs.

"It is like keeping an elephant chained in your back yard. No one should think of sharing their lives with a parrot unless they can offer hours of companionship each day and provide a stimulating environment. If you feel you must have a parrot, adopt one of those who have been bought and abandoned, and offer him or her new life."

Jane Goodall PhD, DBE
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute
and UN Messenger of Peace

Text reproduced with kind permission of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI):