More Than 2000 Parrots Were Detained at Kapitan Andreevo Checkpoint on the Christmas Evening

More Than 2000 Parrots Were Detained at Kapitan Andreevo Checkpoint on the Christmas Evening


By means of documents, which were filled incorrectly, the violators made an attempt to export to our neighbor country – Turkey – thousands Cockatiel parrots, Lovebirds, and 55 Rosella parrots (Platycercus). The last species from the abovementioned belong to Apendix II of international convention CITES, which specifies the trade in endangered species.After the signal had been received, the Ministry of Environment and Water gave orders, and a rescue team of CITES - a part of Green Balkans - cooperated again with the customs officers at the checkpoint. After the wonderful cooperation between the Ministry and the National Customs Agency, 55 Rosella parrots were urgently transported to the Zoo in Sofia, where were put under quarantine in a special place.
The exotic birds fall under the definition of dangerous carriers of infections and therefore it was necessary to put them under quarantine.
Besides, the colleagues from the zoo have a greater experience in breeding of other exotic species, that's why most of the cases concerned with such kind of species are redirected to this rescue center of CITES.
The trade with endangered species is a profitable business, which leads to extinction of wildlife species. This kind of trade takes the third place of the trade with weapons and drugs on a global scale. The trade of wild animals and plants is one of the factors that threaten their survival in their habitat. Every year millions of plants and animals are taken out of the wild nature in order to satisfy the consumers’ quest. Annually on a global scale, the subject of the illegal trade are about 30 thousand monkeys, 2 million orchids, 2-5 million birds, 10 million reptiles because of their skin and so on. Many species are extinct or are on the verge of extinction as a result of the illegal trade.

We are very thankful to the National Customs Agency and the Ministry of Environment and Water for their great work and cooperation. Also we would like to thank the Zoo in Sofia for their last but not least adequate reaction and cooperation.

An interesting fact is that this case is the second one within only one week period. After the cooperation with the National Customs Agency, we think that the border control on the biggest land border of EU with our neighbor country Turkey, and in fact a great deal of Asia and the Near East, is highly increased, which means that the number of consignments with exotic animals, which cross our country in order to go to Western Europe, will be decreased.

Our hope is that the control will continue to be strong and more carriers to become aware that the illegal traffic through the Bulgarian territory will become more and more difficult. We hope this will help the reduction of the negative influence on populations of extinct species all over the world, which is the main goal of CITES.

What is CITES?

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) represents an international agreement for nature conservation, aiming at preventing the extinction of species in result of trading with them. The Convention is also known as the Washington Convention. It was signed in 1973 and enforced on July 1st 1975. At present, a total of 173 countries have ratified the Convention. Among them is Bulgaria, which has ratified the Convention in 1991

For more information on the logistics and organization of the case:
Ivailo Klisurov – Manager of the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Green Balkans
phone: +359 886570052, e-mai:

For more information on the birds and their care:
Ekaterina Zareva – Sofia Zoo
(+359 2) 868 20 43; e-mai:

For more information on CITES and the other EU regulations:
Valeri Georgiev – senior expert at NSNP / MoEW, enforcement of CITES in Bulgaria
phone: + 359 2 9406151, e-mai: