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Indonesian Parrot Project

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What do we raise money for?

We kindly ask for your contribution to make a wildlife documentary to promote the protection of Indonesian parrots. The focus of the film, the Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) was founded in 2001 by Dr Stewart Metz and Barbara Bailey with the mission to help to conserve endangered Indonesian cockatoos. Tragically, Dr Metz passed away last year, but over the past decades Stewart and Barbara initiated and managed several successful conservation programs that we want to present in the film, such as:  

- Protecting one of the rarest and most threatened cockatoos in the world, the Abbotti Cockatoo, of which only 17-22 individuals remained in the wild,
- Initiating the Conversation Awareness and Pride program in Indonesia to teach local communities, especially children, to be proud of their wildlife,
- Providing community economic development, alternative means of sustainable income to villagers through ecotourism programs, among others, to turn local poachers into eco-guides,
- Establishing an avian rescue and rehabilitation centre for confiscated parrots and supporting many release programs back to the wild.

Indonesia’s rainforests are home to some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world. Many sources credit Indonesia as the most species rich country on earth. Spread over 18,000 islands, Indonesia contains the world’s third largest area of rainforest after the Amazon and Africa’s Congo Basin.Tragically, the rapid loss of Indonesia’s biologically wealthy rainforests is driving in-numerable species to the very edge of survival. Only decisive action and a paradigm shift towards meaningful conservation commitments by industry and the Indonesian government will prevent a catastrophic epidemic of extinctions in the coming decades. Incredibly, with just 1 percent of the Earth’s land area, Indonesia’s rainforests contain 10 percent of the world’s known plant species, 12 percent of mammal species - including endangered orangutans and critically endangered Sumatran tigers and rhinos - and 17 percent of critically endangered birds and parrots. And there is still much to be discovered. The Indonesian Ministry of the Environment estimates that more than half of Indonesia’s species are still unrecorded.

Who will be making the documentary?

The film will be produced by Wildlife Messengers (WM), a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in close collaboration with IPP. WM is qualified to accomplish this project, as its mission is to make films for nature conservation. One of their previous films, the Macaw Project has proved how successful it can be to raise awareness about specific conservation programs. The award winning Macaw Project has been translated into 5 languages, and broadcast on 4 continents. WM has been filming conservation projects in remote parts of the world, including Kenya, Cape York of Australia, and the tropical rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Peru. Footage was collected in October-November 2017 during the last eco-tour organized by IPP, led by Bonnie Zimmermann in locations including Bali, Komodo, Rinca, Sumenep, Masakambing, Masalembu, Seram, and Ambon. Footage includes interviews with members of IPP and Konservasi Kakatua Indonesia, local community members, ex-poachers, tourists, and scientists. Additional footage features parrots in the wild, confiscations of birds from the illegal trade, bird markets, local culture and eco-tourism.

Perks in exchange of supporting the documentary

$1 or above - We will include the names of all supporters to the end credits of the documentary
$50 - Once our movie is ready, you will receive a direct link where you can watch before others
$60 - We send you a handcrafted shell jewellery made by local people in North and South Maluku*
$80 - We send you a jewellery item handcrafted in Balinese silver*
$200 - We send you handmade artefacts from the local communities we work with in Indonesia*
$450 - We send you a more expensive piece of jewellery hand selected for you*
$1,000 - We will mention your name (or logo of your company) at the beginning of the film as our VIP supporter (limited to 8 sponsors)

*please leave your e-mail address in a private comment to us so we can contact you about the shipments

How will we use your money?

Since most of the filming has been done in the field, this is the detailed postproduction budget of our documentary film:  
$1,000  Script
$300      Interviews translation
$200      Script translation
$1,200  Capture and conversion
$2,200  Editing
$2,000  Editor
$1,000  Scientific editor
$2,000  Animation
$400      Color grading
$700      Broadcast version converting
$1,500  Narration (English, Indonesian)
$1,700  Sound studio
$1,600  Music, copyright 

How can this movie help wild parrots?  

Public Awareness: The film will introduce the history and current work of IPP, the challenges of parrot conservation in Indonesia, and the importance of protecting parrots as flagship species. We will examine all aspects of parrot conservation including the roles and responsibilities of conservationists, decision makers, local communities and tourists, demonstrating that success can be achieved only by well-organized cooperation among them. Target audiences include potential donors, conservationists, Indonesians, and the general public.

Saving Parrots: We show how confiscated parrots are looked after in the rescue center and eventually get reintroduced into the wild. We also follow the team carrying out on-site conservation actions for the last remaining population of the Abbotti Cockatoo.

Saving Habitat: Demonstrating how parrots “function” as umbrella species to conserve the whole ecosystem they live in.

Evaluate Threats: Discuss the effects of the illegal pet trade and monocultures, and show what alternative and promising solutions exist like ecotourism that helps local tribes to conserve their ecosystem.

Distribution: DVD edition, online on-demand platforms (e.g. Vimeo, AmazON, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes), screenings on festivals, conferences, and special events.

Education: Based on the outcomes of this documentary we intend to make additional videos as educational materials in local schools and local communities in Indonesia. With those videos we hope to demonstrate to local people, with special attention to children, the importance of conserving their own natural heritage.

More about us

Indonesian Parrot Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the vision to create a world where the wildlife trade is managed in a way that maintains healthy wildlife populations and ecosystems and also contributes to meeting human needs by supporting the local economy via jobs, education and conservation. Trapping and smuggling in Indonesia is commonplace. Currently, an estimated 12,000 parrots and cockatoos are being taken each year. The mortality rate of these birds is approximately 40%. Our projects include in situ and ex situ research and to date we have returned over 1,500 parrots confiscated from the illegal trade back into the wild. Our considerable reputation, credibility and influence is built on our development of carefully researched knowledge, strong alliances with international organizations, sound and impartial analysis of wildlife trade issues, awareness of the wider socio-economic setting, strategic approach to catalyzing change and our wide experience in the field.

Wildlife Messengers is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the purpose of making scientific and educational films, photographs, and audio recordings to promote nature conservation, mainly in countries with lower industrial bases, and to distribute them to national and international audiences. The targeted audiences include government authorities, elementary and middle schools, local indigenous communities, and non-governmental organizations.


  • Robert Evans
    • $100 
    • 5 yrs


Bonnie Zimmermann
Hollister, CA
Project Bird Watch A California Public Benefit Corporation (Indonesian Parrot Project)

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