Prevent the Yellow Cardinal from extinction, mitigating the impact of illegal trade on the species
by Aves Argentina
In Argentina, 90% of species which suffer illegal traffic are birds. Yellow Cardinal is a globally endangered passerine endemic of southern South America. Populations are declining due to the loss of its
natural habitat and continued extraction of males, for illegal pet trade. It is extremely rare in Brazil and, less than 300 survive in Uruguay while Argentina holds more than 90% of its population.
Current conservation strategies attempt to release confiscated individuals to nature. However, low survival rate was detected during the re-wilding process due to wrong identification and poor knowledge about the species by wildlife enforcement agencies.