Wild Bird Trust was founded in South Africa in August 2009 by Dr Rutledge “Steve” Boyes with the primary objective of keeping birds safe in the wild. The Trust aims to encourage the use of flagship endangered bird species as “ecosystem ambassadors” in their indigenous habitat. The beauty and freedom of wild birds is an example to us all. The main objective is to advance the research in, education about and conservation of all birds in the wild as well as the related habitat. Focus will be placed primarily on African species that act as ecosystem and biodiversity indicators although other species and geographical areas will be considered as well. The Trust will work with all interested and involved parties including government, private sector, NGOs, education and research institutions, aviculture and bird-watching sectors without losing objectivity and independence.
The Trust is registered in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa: IT 637/2010 and is a Public Benefit Organisation that can accept charitable donations: PBO No.: 930 033 261.
The trust presently administers the Cape Parrot Project, National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, and Wild Bird Revolution Project. The Cape Parrot Project, requiring the most funding, has grown tremendously over the last few years and now aims to plant 1 million trees in the next 10 years. This is a research and community based project which aims to enrich the lives of the disadvantaged and impoverished communities who live within the home range of South Africa’s only endemic and endangered parrot; the Cape Parrot.