What We Do: Our Mission

Our Mission:

The conservation of endangered Indonesian cockatoos and parrots in the wild.

Our Mission is to help to conserve Indonesian cockatoos which are endangered in the wild, through actions both in the field (in situ) as well as those ‘at home’ (ex situ).

Conservation through in situ field work:

Reduce the trapping, smuggling, transport, and sale of wild cockatoos: this involves collaboration with both governmental and other non-governmental organizations

Rehabilitate confiscated cockatoos and other psittacines confiscated by authorities from smugglers. In selected cases, release these cockatoos back to the wild of their homeland

Scientific Studies: Carry out relevant scientific studies (such as census or breeding analyses; observation of nest behavior; analyses of food requirements) necessary for care of the cockatoos. These should result in published, peer-reviewed scientific data useful to help others to conserve these birds. Such studies offer avenues for collaboration with other scientists

Ecologic Studies: Obtain needed information about the local ecology of the cockatoos and parrots which will be transmitted through publications, our newsletter and our website.

Conservation through ex situ work:

C-A-P (Conservation-Awareness-Pride Program) designed to teach children of various ages about their own cockatoos and parrots; why they are important and should be conserved; and build pride in them

Economic Development for the local residents: Provide alternate means of sustainable income to villagers, who in turn will protect the cockatoos from trapping. These include:

  • Hire of forest wardens to find and follow up over time (from blinds or safe distances) the presence of active nests
  • Support women’s cooperatives, which in turn will earn profit (and pride) through the local making of arts and crafts, and organic farming, and harvesting of mangrove
  • Hire local guides, porters and have our guests stay in the homes in the local community bringing revenue to the people and the village through our ecotourism program

Avian Resource: Serve as a general source of information concerning Indonesian cockatoos and their conservation, and related topics.

Rare female cornelia subspecies on Sumba, photo courtesy Dudi.

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