Please watch this 7-minute documentary on the Cape Parrot Project produced for global distribution by German television. How can we imagine a world without magnificent creatures like South Africa’s Cape parrot? Are we doing enough to protect our natural heritage? What can each of us do to turn this around? Why are we in this situation?
A recent study by WWF determined that the population sizes of over 3500 vertebrate species—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—have declined by over 50% just in the last 40 years. Tragically and irreversibly, wildlife populations around the world have declined by more than half in less than two generations. Our daily lives are filled with the chaos of modern life and we do not have time or energy to even think about everything in the natural world that we are just about to lose. Everyday we see stories in the news about dehorned rhinos, more dead elephants, beached whales, canned lions, disappearing species, and collapsing ecosystems.
Life is hard and there are enough problems at work, in our family life, with relatives and friends, and almost everywhere we look. Most of us would starve to death if we refused to eat food that was not a huge burden on the planet and species like these beautiful Cape parrots. People often ask me: “How do you not get depressed at the situation we are in and simply feel like giving up?” Well, all I need to believe that we can turn this around is our Cape Parrot Project group on Facebook and amazing people like Rodnick Biljon, Justin Eberhardt, David Bellamy, Susan Leas Latham, Phil McLean, Tara Tiki, Donna Shore, Greg Shaw, John Hilton and many others. These people make part of everyday available for species and conservation issues they want to help. Their work and commitment motivates me to continue in the knowledge that the work we do WILL create a better future for us all.
Join us! Join the Cape Parrot Project group and become part of an award-winning movement to save this beautiful green-and-gold parrot from extinction. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/capeparrotproject/One of our most popular Cape parrot photographs of 2014! Well done, Rodnick! You truly are the “Cape parrot whisperer”. (Rodnick Biljon)