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Rowan Martin, PhD

Rowan Martin, PhD

Congo journey: Working together to give African Greys a second chance in the DRC

Oct 21, 2021

On the 6th September 2021, 60 African Grey parrots were far from their home of the lush African forests; instead, they sat on a dusty runway in the remote town of Lodja in Sankuru province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The once wild parrots were going to be illegally flown to Kinshasa, the...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

New project trials nest boxes as a conservation tool for threatened lovebirds

Jun 25, 2021

A new project is exploring how artificial cavities can be used to boost breeding populations of some of Africa’s most threatened lovebirds. The project will see the installation of 60 specially constructed nest boxes within Liwonde National Park in Malawi and investigate a number of questions to...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

New hope for Timneh parrots in Sierra Leone

Jul 25, 2020

By Dr. Rowan Martin (Director WPT Africa Conservation Programme)

“Wow!” I whispered, barely containing my excitement. In front of us was a pair of Timneh parrots, engaging in what appeared to be a courtship display. There was a distinctive 'head bob’ followed by a clamping together of beaks and...

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Rowan Martin, PhD

Wow, what a year! Highlights from another busy 12 months for WPT’s Africa Conservation Program

Dec 15, 2019

From groundbreaking investigations leading to better protections for parrots threatened by trade, to heartwarming tales of parrots rescued from trafficking now thriving in the wild, it’s been another important year for parrots in Africa. 

Explore the year further by opening the pdf below. Be sure...

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