The Wild Macaw Association (Asociación Lapa Silvestre) is a Costa Rican nonprofit for the protection and study of a recently established Scarlet Macaw population in the southern Golfo Dulce area of Costa Rica. This population was established by a reintroduction program that is based in Tiskita Private Biological Reserve.
A total of 75 Scarlet Macaws were released between 2002 and 2014. The Wild Macaw Association’s Scarlet Macaw conservation program includes a study on the behavior of the released macaws, ecological research, habitat protection, and local community development.
Most of the released macaws were bred in Costa Rica by the late Richard and Margot Frisius. They were bred mainly from confiscated, and often disabled, victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Others were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade and found suitable for release.
Tiskita Private Biological Reserve is owned by the owners of Tiskita Jungle Lodge, which has been a host and a partner of the Scarlet Macaw conservation program since the first release in 2002.