Rowan Martin heads up the World Parrot Trust's Africa Conservation Programme. Rowan first became involved with parrot conservation during his doctoral studies and in 2009 he moved to South Africa to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. During his time at the ‘Fitz’ the allure of the continent’s parrots became too great and he took a lead role in reviewing the state of research and conservation in African parrots.
The lives of parrots and people have been intimately entwined for centuries, if not millennia. Given the familiarity of many of us with some of Africa’s parrots it may come as a surprise that we still know so little about their lives in the wild.
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