Saving Western Australia's rare Parrot
Secrets at Sunrise is a documentary about the race to save one of the world's rarest parrots, the Western Ground Parrot. The DVD is now available for sale ($25) at the Gondwana Link office. Your purchase supports the Western Ground Parrot Recovery Project with 50% of the sale proceeds going directly towards the captive breeding project.
The film captures the challenges of working in remote environments trying to save a cryptic bird which wasn't photographed in the wild until 2004 and whose numbers are likely less than 150 individuals; an enigmatic parrot that chooses to live on the ground, generally only making its presence known when it calls at dawn and dusk.
Western Australian filmmaker Jennene Riggs has spent the past three years following the team from remote Cape Arid National Park where the only known population of the critically endangered parrot was almost wiped out by devastating bushfires, to Perth Zoo where attempts are under way to breed the birds in captivity.