The Icarus Foundation, Inc. was named after a surly 30 year old, overweight Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, who loved to sing opera. Icarus came to us from a horrible hoarding situation, along with 9 other birds. His singing brought me such great joy each and every day! Instead of stressing over the work involved in taking in 10 additional parrots at one time, I found myself singing right along with Icarus' operatic melodies while preparing their food for the day, cleaning their water bowls, and scrubbing their cages.
Icarus was "stick" trained, and he could only be picked up using a perch or dowel, otherwise he would bite. One day, while I was busy in the kitchen preparing fresh food for the parrots, Icarus walked up to me, stood at my feet, and looked up at me as if to say, "Well? What are you waiting for?" I put my arm down in front of him and he stepped right up! He decided it was time to place his trust in me, and when he did, a very special bond was forged. From that day forward we were special friends . . . we would hang out together, preen together (well, I'd preen him), and joyfully sing together! In the brief 6 months that he was here before his passing,*** Icarus flew into my heart and touched it like no other, and in my heart he will stay forever. . .
(Christi Richter Zotto, President/Founder)
*** Icarus died from complications due to cardiovascular disease, most likely the result of years on a poor diet and lack of exercise. It has been estimated that as many as up to 40% of captive parrots have some form of undiagnosed cardiovascular disease due to improper diet and a sedentary lifestyle. For more information on cardiovascular disease and companion parrots, click here. . .
joyfully singing opera
Our Mission:to protect and prevent the suffering of parrots in captivity by providing rescue and sanctuary to abused, neglected and unwanted companion parrots. We provide all of our residents with a healthful, mostly organic diet, certified avian veterinary care, and natural forms of enrichment. The Icarus Foundation, Inc.'s Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary is available to the public in an effort to promote responsible ownership and proper parrot care through education and owner support.
The Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Annapolis, Maryland. We have an all volunteer staff, and as a result all of the donations we receive go directly to caring and providing for our residents. All of our parrots are thoroughly examined by an experienced, board certified avian veterinarian when they first arrive. We strive to provide annual wellness exams for each of them as well. Currently, we are in critical need of funding so we can continue to provide our birds with the utmost of health care.
All of our residents receive fresh, mostly organic diets daily, and loads of enrichment including toys, fresh air, sunshine, and the opportunity to fly, and of course, lots and lots of love!
Currently we have many different species of parrots here, but we are redirecting our focus specifically on to the many species of Cockatoos. Cockatoos are arguably one of the most complicated and challenging of all of the parrot species, and as a result, they are one of the most often relinquished to rescues and sanctuaries. There is a great need for sanctuaries who cater to the specific needs and demands of cockatoos. We, at the Icarus Foundation, accept the challenge!
Our Vision: to cultivate awareness, respect, and appreciation for parrots such that we will see the day when we have significantly diminished the cycle of unwanted parrots.
We rely solely on donations from compassionate people like you to achieve our goals!
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