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They’re In A Family Way: A Day With Breeding Macaws

Macaws At Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center

Unfortunately, many macaws, including the scarlet macaw, are endangered.

This beautiful bird’s bright feathers make it very attractive for the illegal pet trade. Scarlet macaws are monogamous for life, and it’s common to see them flying in pairs. The scarlet macaw also has a very distinct, loud call…which is perhaps why they picked Gilbert Gottfried to voice the villainous Iago in 1992’s Aladdin.

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center breeds scarlet macaws and other birds to release them into the wild. As a Wildlife Intern, you might spend a day feeding Scarlet Macaws, checking their nests, or observing their behavior.

Preparing Food For Macaws

In the wild, these birds eat a variety of fruits and seeds. Wildlife interns may cut up fruits like papaya, oranges, and bananas for macaws and mix the pieces together. Remember, enclosures with chicks will get more food for the little ones!

Checking Nests

When the macaws have paired off, they’ll each have their own private space for their nest. Wildlife Interns may check the nests to make sure they are clean, dry, and free of insects. Of course, you will also check for eggs or chicks!

Also, interns may also keep a record of what they found as they check the nests.

Observing Behavior And Health

Wildlife interns may observe macaw behavior. This can include noting if a chick does not seem to be thriving, so Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center veterinarians can check on the health of the animal. You may also want to note if a macaw is more aggressive than usual.

Join us as a Wildlife Intern!

The breeding program helps restore the scarlet macaw population. Everyone can help by not supporting the illegal pet trade. Instead, appreciate macaws in the wild. Dogs and cats make more affectionate pets!

Would you like a chance to help scarlet macaws and other wildlife to thrive? Do you want to work with a team dedicated to conservation? Do you have a love of nature and want to dedicate your time to the care of our full-time animal residents?

Contact Jeanne Marie at to learn more about our Internship programs!

*written by volunteer Lisa Martens

Would you like to get involved yourself?

Become an Intern and have a unique wildlife experience.

Veterinary Internship

Veterinary interns work directly with our highly experienced veterinarian and our rehabilitation staff. You will assist with with animal intakes, exams, treatments, surgeries, feeding and record keeping.

Wildlife Internship​

Work hands-on in the Lifetime Care Sanctuary, Endangered Species Breeding Center and the Rescue Center, feeding animals, conducting behavioral research, and creating enriching experiences for our non-releasable animals or even clicker train our Jaguar „Guapo“.

Road to freedom Internship

This internship gives you the unique opportunity to not only see, but to play an active part in what we call: The Road to Freedom. Aid the animals in their release, monitor and research them and their second chance at life in the wild, the final step on their Road to Freedom.

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