The number of Red Siskins in the wild has declined severely, making it very difficult for them to recover on their own. We are working hard to create integrated conservation centers in order to rescue individuals confiscated from the illegal trade, rehabilitate them, raise more, and reintroduce them into nature. Thankfully, many project allies are working together on this right now.
In 2017, Zoológico Leslie Pantin (Turmero-VE) joined RSI as our first new Venezuelan partner since founding.
In 2018, Miami Zoo joined the RSI as a welcomed partner, housing the first population of Red Siskins that will be exhibited to the public in an American zoo.
In 2018, construction of the first Red Siskin Conservation Center in Venezuela commenced in Zoologico Leslie Pantin. Construction is now nearly complete and we look forward to starting work soon, rescuing Red Siskins from the illegal trade, rehabilitating, and breeding them for eventual reintroduction in the wild.