Dr.Gary Fitt. President. Queensland Finch Society - Australia
" It's fantastic. Very well put together, informative and persuasive."
Neville Brickell. Author, Avicultural Researcher and photographer -
"An outstanding work that will appeal to ornithologists and aviculturists
Peter Borchert : Founder Africa Geographic (Pty) ltd - South Africa
"Congrats to you and the whole Shelley's team - your work (including
the DVD) on behalf of this tiny bird is to be admired and ,I hope,appreciated
by all who have an interest in the knowledge gathering and conservation
of Africa's birds ".
David Dennison : Publisher and Editor of Avizandum magazine
" We were treated to the most fantastic 60 minutes of multidisciplinary
conservation effort that one can imagine ...This DVD is worth every cent
of its purchase price ."
What you will see in the documentary :
The Shelleys Crimsonwing (Cryptospiza shelleyi) is one of the rarest
finches in Africa. It inhabits the same dense Albertine Rift highland
forest as the threatened Mountain Gorillas of Uganda, Rwanda and DRC of
Today, thanks to the early pioneering work done by Dian Fossey in Rwanda
in the late 1960s and the classic movie Gorillas in the Mist, more
is known about the estimated 680 remaining Mountain Gorillas than is known
about the elusive Shelleys Crimsonwing finch. Both keystone species
act as ambassadors for the diminishing tropical forests of the world.
This bird is categorized by Birdlife International in the IUCN Red Data
list as Vulnerable (likely population 2,500 to 9,999) but lack of data
prohibits a more accurate classification. Extensive field research already
conducted by the Rare Finch Conservation Group (RFCG), which is made up
of a group of highly dedicated finch enthusiasts, suggests that the finch
is in dire straights and needs urgent attention.
This DVD shows the remarkable story of how the RFCG, with the support
of worldwide donors, is overcoming enormous logistical and financial hurdles
to save this bird from probable extinction.