History of Macaw Mountain
The history of the birds of Macaw Mountain began on the Caribbean island of Roatan in the 1980s. Roatan resident and North American conservationist and bird lover, Mandy Wagner, began rescuing parrots and toucans out of devotion to these intelligent, social creatures. By the 1990s, her private collection had grown to more than 40 birds representing 15 species.
Why is the Park a business and not a charity?
In a part of the world where insufficient financial resources are prioritized to address human needs, we believe that creating a business to keep tropical birds in their natural habitat provides the only realistic means for their long-term care. We welcome partnerships with like-minded sanctuaries to assure a place for tropical birds in all of our futures.
Old Growth Forest
The Park’s owners were lucky enough to purchase one of the last old growth forests close to Copan. Macaw Mountain’s nine-acre nature reserve has an extraordinary forest including mahogany, indio desnudo (gumbo limbo), chico zapote, Spanish cedar and fig trees. Elevated wooden trails and decks offer spectacular viewing of the park’s pristine river, year-round freshwater springs, huge boulders and sloping canyon walls.
We have augmented the tropical forest by reintroducing native species and some tropical ornamentals into this natural botanical garden. Blue Morpho butterflies are a delightfully constant presence along our streamside trails. Noisy flights of wild parakeets land in the canopy to feed. In some cases we simply let nature take its course and have been enchanted by what shows up.
Nature offers us seasonal surprises like our annual colony of 30-40 oropendola oriole nests above the horse stable, or the wild orchids near the spring.
Since part of the property had been a coffee plantation, we kept several areas of producing coffee plants to show visitors the process of coffee production.
In addition to the Park, we run a high altitude coffee farm (left) 45 minutes up from the Park. To learn more about our coffee farm, Finca Miramundo.
Macaw Mountain operates under a permit from the Honduran Department of Forestry as an educational zoological park.
The Park and Reserve is privately funded supported solely by admission fees and purchases made by our local and international visitors.
US biologist, businessman and long-term Roatan resident, Lloyd Davidson, inherited the birds in 1994. By 2000, the collection had grown to more than 100 birds comprising more than 20 species, and Davidson purchased a beautiful tract of land in Copan with the birds in mind. After 2 1/2 years of detailed designing and building, he and his business partner, Pat Merritt, moved the birds by charter airplane in July 2003 and opened Macaw Mountain several months later.