After years of preparation, my PhD student George Olah finally got what he wanted. A special permission from the government of Peru. The 50+ page document gave him access to the Holy Grail of parrot researchers: the Candamo Basin, in the Peruvian Amazon. A place where wildlife exists without any human disturbance since the beginning of times. Surrounded by the foothills of the Andes, the Candamo Basin hosts one of the very few uninhabited tropical rainforest of the world. Not even native tribes had settled here and decades had passed since the last camera team dared to sail the hostile rapids of the Candamo river.
Wildlife Messengers produced a stunning documentary movie, The Macaw Kingdom, about our research expeditions. Watch the trailer below or the full documentary.
We just had the Australian premiere of The Macaw Project documentary produced by my PhD student George Olah, with Peruvian food, drinks, and music.
From the headline of Mongabay: Exceptional beauty, exceptional risk: New study reveals extinction dangers for parrots.
Known for their intelligence and extraordinary rock star-like appearances, parrots inhabit subtropical and tropical regions across the globe. They are one of the more well-known tropical bird species in the developed world, with appearances in popular culture ranging from their familiar role as a pirate’s talkative companion to colorful sports team mascots. These unique birds are valued for their beauty, companionship and intellectual abilities, making them a popular choice for household pets. However, their popularity comes with a great price.
Rob Heinsohn is a Professor of Evolutionary and Conservation Biology at the Australian National University