Not only is Juan green in color, but he is also a great addition to Frontier’s Green Fleet! The name Juan is a nod toward the community of San Juan. The Puerto Rican Parrot is listed as critically endangered, with roughly only 30 left in the wild. The vibrant parrot, named after its’ native habitat in Puerto Rico, is primarily found in the El Yunque National Forest. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, almost one million parrots could be found in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands. As Puerto Rico’s natural landscapes gave way to agricultural use, development, and industry throughout the past two centuries, the parrots gradually vanished. Today, there are about 450 parrots in captivity. These parrots weathered the most recent 2017 hurricanes in concrete bunkers, with only nine casualties. As for the wild parrots, the hurricane survivors are supplied a mixture of pellets and seeds from artificial feeders stocked by biologists at El Yunque National Forest and Rio Abajo State Forest. The feeding program supports the wild birds while their forest habitat recovers. The small number of parrots that are left in the wild like to spend their time in tree cavities and nests with their lifelong partners and have been found to live in the same tree throughout their lives.
Endangered Animals Initiative
Frontier is dedicated to bringing awareness to the endangered animals within the continental U.S.A. You can learn more about our endangered animal tails here.