【摘要】The recovery of Lear's macaw, one of the world's most beautiful parrots, has startled the 'triage conservationists' who suggest that trying to save species with tiny populations is a waste of time, says Tony Juniper.For most people, their first thought of Brazilian forests is of dense, steamy jungles. Far fewer know about the thorny thickets in the arid and drought-prone north-east of this enormous country. But though they might appear desolate and inhospitable, these haunting woodlands, known as caatinga, are as Brazilian as the Amazon rainforests - and surprisingly rich in endemic wildlife.I explored these parched, spiny forests in 1990, searching for Spue's macaw. I was working with the International Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife International), where my job was to help prevent the extinction of the world's endangered parrots, and this was the rarest of the rare. Spix's macaw was known to be near the edge, but just how near came as a severe shock: my Brazilian colleagues and I sadly concluded that there was just a single bird left in the wild - a solitary male.
【期刊名称】 BBC Wildlife