Meet Penelope!

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Penelope is the plush Puerto Rican Parrot mascot here at Parrot Sports Gear! She interns with a new local-Dayton company every week and shares her experiences with the world on social media. Penelope is a stuffed animal Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata), which happens to be is one of the rarest birds in the world. Puerto Rican Parrots can only be found on the island of Puerto Rico.

More Information on Puerto Rican Parrots

Historically, Penelope’s kind was widespread and abundant in mature forests all throughout Puerto Rico and on several nearby islands, but the destruction of most if its habitat and poaching in the 19th and early 20th centuries drastically reduced its population.

The parrot was listed as endangered and conservation efforts began in 1968 to keep the species from going extinct. At an all-time low of just 13 in 1975, the wild flock is currently climbing, but its future is still undetermined. There are a total of 79 adult birds in captivity in the aviaries of the El Yunque National Forest and Rio Abajo State Reserve. The remaining parrots are constantly monitored and managed through a cooperative effort between the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Puerto Rican Department of Natural Resources. The Puerto Rican Parrot is bright green with a red forehead, blue primary wing feathers and a flesh-colored bill and feet. About a foot in length, these colorful birds feed mostly on wild fruits, particularly the Sierra Palm, but also consume flowers and tender shoots. During October when fruits are scarce, they turn to the Tabonuco Fruit.  

Work with Penelope

Penelope is adopted out to different local-Dayton businesses each week for the chance to “intern” with the adopting company and share all about her experience. In exchange for Penelope’s adoption, Parrot Promo Essentials posts daily Facebook updates tagging Penelope’s location and what she is learning about that particular business. Each company who is chosen to work with Penelope receives:

  • A Penelope stuffed animal of their own to keep
  • Penelope’s Birth Certificate
  • Penelope’s passport
  • A special gift from Penelope
  • $10.00 donation made to the Puerto Rican Parrot Fund on the company’s behalf
  • And daily Facebook promotions on Parrot Promo Essentials Facebook page

Penelope’s Travel Log

Date: April 2, 2017

Location: Gardner Restoration

Date: April 11, 2017

Location: Level Up Nutrition

Date: April 17, 2017

Location: Casa Nunez Catering

Date: April 24, 2017

Location: Minuteman Press

Date: May 1, 2017

Location: Thomas & Grushon Insurance Agency

Date: May 8, 2017

Location: Hillside Chapel

Date: May 15, 2017

Location: Keller Williams Advantage

Date: May 22, 2017

Location: Hair Couture by Amy

Date: May 29, 2017

Location: Paintbrush Pottery

Date: June 12, 2017

Location: Rathweg Insurance

Date: June 19, 2017

Location: Dayton Discount Furniture

Date: June 26, 2017

Location: PureMD of Dayton

Date: July 10, 2017

Location: Rainbow Child Care of Beavercreek

Date: July 17, 2017

Location: TJ’s Gardens

Date: July 24, 2017

Location: Freedom Family Chiropractic

Date: July 31, 2017

Location: Coffman Y Swim Team

Date: August 7, 2017

Location: Beck Law

Date: August 14, 2017

Location: 24/7 Fitness

Date: August 21, 2017

Location: Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn

Date: August 29, 2017

Location: Imagen Brands

Date: September 11, 2017

Location: Extreme Microbial Technologies

Date: October 2, 2017

Location: Heartland Insurance Group

Date: October 9, 2017

Location: Aqua Tots of Beavercreek

Date: October 16, 2017

Location: Dayton Beer Company

Date: October 30, 2017

Location: Wallace Insurance Services

Date: November 13, 2017

Location: Bellbrook/Sugarcreek Schools

Date: December 18, 2017

Location: Anytime Fitness, Bellbrook

Date: January 2, 2018

Location: Ram Restoration

Date: January 8, 2018

Location: T.L. Brown Photography

Date: January 22, 2018

Location: Mutt’s Sauce

Date: January 29, 2018

Location: Fresh Coat Painters of Beavercreek

Date: February 26, 2018

Location: Buechner “BIG” Agency

Date: March 5, 2018

Location: Brookview Swim Club

Date: March 12, 2018

Location: Dots Market, Bellbrook

Date: March 19, 2018

Location: Greg Blatt Realty Group/HER

Date: May 14, 2018

Location: Polished Pillars

Date: June 11, 2018

Location: Dots Market, Kettering

Date: June 18, 2018

Location: Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center

Date: June 25, 2018

Location: Little Miami River Kleeners

Date: July 9, 2018

Location: 937 Payroll

Date: August 6, 2018

Location: Peak BI

Apply today for the opportunity to adopt Penelope!


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