A conversation with Jamie Gilardi, executive director of the World Parrot Trust on the Trust’s hugely important fund-raising campaign to protect and increase the populations of three of the world’s rarest parrots – the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis of Bolivia, the Critically Endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo Cacatua sulphurea of Indonesia, and the Endangered Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus of Central America.
Plentiful in captivity, there are now probably little more than 2000 wild individuals of all three species combined. And who knew that one of the three species could be further threatened by foraging Komodo Dragons…?
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Dr Jamie Gilardi, Executive Director of the World Parrot Trust
Dr James Gilardi has been the Executive Director of the World Parrot Trust since November 2000.
His work includes developing and implementing field conservation initiatives. He is a conservation biologist specializing in behavioural and physiological ecology with special interest in tropical forest birds and marine vertebrates.
Following undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz, he earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis studying parrot social behaviour, foraging ecology, and soil-eating in south-eastern Peru. James has also worked on parrot field conservation in Guatemala, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Mexico.