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iziKhwenene Project Wins Biodiversity Stewardship Award

We are very proud to announce that the iziKhwenene Project won the “Biodiversity Stewardship” category at the Mail & Guardian “Green The Future” Awards last week! For over a decade, the Mail & Guardian’s annual flagship, the “Greening The Future” Awards, has celebrated the achievements of South Africans in sustaining a healthy environment for all. In 2014, the…

The State of South Africa’s Yellowwood Forests: An Open Letter to the President

An “Open Letter” to His Excellency, Dr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa and the African National Congress, on the current state of South Africa’s yellowwood forests. We lost most of our grand, old yellowwood trees to mining timber and railway sleepers in the 1800s. Today, we continue to legally and illegally whittle away at the remaining forest patches. We now face a choice between beautiful furniture and the last giant yellowwood trees. Halt the harvesting of yellowwood trees in South Africa and restore these forest to their former glory…

Day #2: First-Ever Footage of Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Feeding in High Canopy…

On the second day of filming and observation the female Cape parrot came much closer… Here is 20 seconds of amazing footage of her calling about 15 feet away from us. We witnessed her close-up on-and-off for an hour and were both shaking when we eventually left the cliff. The reason she had approached so…

First-Ever Footage of Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Feeding in High Canopy…

This 1-minute video clip is the first-ever footage of the Endangered Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus) feeding in the high canopy of a yellowwood tree over 40m above the forest floor.

Live From the Field: Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Hanging On…

This photograph was taken by Rodnick Biljon (King William’s Town’s “Cape parrot whisperer”) under 24 hours ago… For the 11 weeks this young female Cape parrot has been stuck in this same tree, recovering from a debilitating beak and feather disease infection that destroyed her flight feathers and ripped out most of her down feathers. It…

Dead Birds Flying: Rescuing the Endangered Cape Parrot…

The National Geographic-funded Cape Parrot Project was launched in 2009 to support CONSERVATION ACTION for Africa’s most endangered parrot and one of South Africa’s most endangered birds. Ongoing research over the last 15-20 years has established that Cape parrots were previously dependent on yellowwood trees for nesting and roosting sites, as well as 99% of…

The iziKhwenene Project: Establishing Local Communities as Forest Custodians to Save the Cape Parrot…

Research in  the 1960s by CJ Skead (Percy FitzPatrick Institute) and the 1990s by Olaf Wirminghaus (University of Natal) demonstrated a close relationship and apparent dependency of Cape parrots on large Macrocarpus and Podocarpus yellowwoods as feeding and nesting sites. Cape parrots have even been recorded drinking dew drops caught in “wizard’s beard” or “Spanish moss” hanging from ancient, emergent…