Searching for Shelleys finches
amongst Africas Mountain Gorillas
Filmed by Eelco Meyjes
Dr.Gary Fitt. President. Queensland Finch Society - Australia
" It's fantastic. Very well put together, informative
Neville Brickell. Author, Avicultural Researcher and photographer
- South Africa
"An outstanding work that will appeal to ornithologists
and aviculturists alike "
Peter Borchert : Founder Africa Geographic (Pty) ltd - South
"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
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 central Africa.
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.