Dear All ;
I am now back in Denmark after being participating the IV
Parrot Convention, from 17th to 20th of September 1998, hosted
Loro Parque, Tenerife
Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling and Loro Parque must be
what is the premier parrot event in the world :
The IV international
Parrot Convention :
" PARROT CONSERVATION INTO THE
21st CENTURY, "
UNITING EXCELLENCE IN
CAPTIVITY AND FIELD
Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling and his team had created
this wonderful and
well-organised unique IV International Parrot Convention,
which in all
respects and with great success lived up to its
reputation as the
global first class experience for specialized knowledge about parrots
These International Parrot Conventions hosted by Loro Parque,
the highest global stage of Psittaculture.
750 internationally reknowned scientists and
and veterinarians, birders and aviculturists
from 5 continents converged
the new conference centre in Puerto de la Cruz,
Tenerife, to talk about
their experiences and studies regarding the diseases that the parrots
suffer from as
well as the dangers of extinction and what can be done
This the final International Parrot Convention
of this century lead us into
the next with an improved
framework for the complementary roles of
captive and field management.
# THE SPEAKERS WERE
Marc Boussekey, France : " Cacatua
haematuropygia - the Red-vented
cockatoo - a flagship species for conservation
in the Philipines ".
Neville Connors, Australia : "
Calyptorhynchus Species - Black cockatoos "
Paul Butler, RARE, Saint Lucia : "
Promoting Protection through Pride ",
Nigel Collar, BirdLife International, U.K.
: " Information and Ignorance
concerning the World's Parrot. An index for
twenty-first Century Research
and Conservation "
Hans Jurgen Geil, Germany : " The Palm
Cockatoo - Probosciger aterrimus
- Husbandry and Breeding ".
Alan Hesse, Bolivia : " Conservation
of Blue-throathed Macaw -
Ara glaucogularis ".
Carl Jones, Jersey / Mauritius : " The
Biology and Conservation of the
Echo Parakeet - Psittacula eques - of Mauritius
Niels Krabbe, Ecuador / Denmark : " Status and
Yellow-eared Conure - Ognorhynchus icterotis
Frank Lambert, Indonesia : " Conservation
Priorities for Parrots in Indonesia ".
Erhard F. Kaleta, Germany : " Detection and
Prevention of Polyoma virus
Induced deseases in Psittacines birds
Martin Bell, New Zealand : " Exsitu conservation
efforts being carried out
with three New Zealand parrot species " Kaka, Kea and
Unicolor Parakeet ".
Armin Brockner, Germany : " The Rusty-faced parrot (
amazonina ). First field study results ".
Branson Ritchie : " Proventricular
Dilatation Disease: a Viral Epornitic ".
Cathrine King : " What can Zoos contribute to Aviculture
James Murphy, USA : " Amazon Breeding today -
biology with environmental enrichment ".
Frank Enders, Loro Parque, Tenerife : " Maintaining the
of the Loro Parque Collection ".
Michael Massie, USA : " Utilizing formulated diets
in feeding stategies
for breeding psittacines ".
Susan Clubb, USA : " Psittacine handrearing problems,
Theo Pagel, Germany : "
Lories - behavioral studies and husbandry in
Yves de Soye, Loro Parque, Tenerife : " Parrot
the Loro Parque Fundacion " .
who all supplied us with great informations and
rich knowledge -
also published in the 230 pages proceeding -
on how to optimise captive
breeding in cooperative conservation
efforts, as well as the latest up-dates on field studies
conservation measure which especially provided the captive
husbandry sessions a rich input of ideas
related to parrot ecology.
Furthermore there was an interesting display of
to information about parrots. - One of the many
displays, that drawed
attention, was the presentation of
the Mexican Fundacion
seeks to preserve many endangered Mexican and South
There was also trade displays included the
lastes in diets, technology,
# SOCIAL GATHERING :
Perphaps the most interesting aspect of the 4.
Convention was the golden opportunity for social
other at the
Welcome cocktail party in the gardens of Hotel
the Dinner in
the gardens of Casino Taoro, the Cruise along the coast
of Tenerife on board the " Banaderos ", the
Gala Dinner at the Hotel
- of course - in the Loro Parque, by which you were able
to meet old friends and created new friendships, and take part in the
fast increasing global network of people interested in parrots.
The IV International Parrot Convention
underlined how great Psitta-
culture is ... !
Yes, we parrot-people are a close-knit global community ...
It was obvious that everyone was having a great
I was very please to meet several of the readers
of my worldwide
Parrot Data E-Mail Club
The aim of Parrot Data E-mail Club is to collect
and report data and
news about the PARROTS - PSITTACULTURE - in the wild as
as in the aviculture protected environment. - If you wanted to subscribe
this free Parrot Data E-Mail-Club, then just let me know.
# WORLD FIRST-CLASS
It was very rewarding for me to experience the
Parrot Convention as I find
as " The Psittaculture gateway to the
World, and The
World's gateway to the Psittaculture
As the participants came from all over the
world - and with
different kind of culture -
it was real fantastic to experience the
intergration of the different parties related to parrots, as example
scientists and biologists, zoo-curators and
ornithologists and birders, naturalists
Thanks to the
dynamic and enthusiastic Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling's
visions and foresights the International Parrots Conventions had
developed into a fantastic " Mecca " for the intergrated global
As we approach the turn of the second
milliennium, it is apparent
that we are
witnessing much more than a fascinating numerical
phanomenon. Throughtout the 1990s, the pace of change and
renewal has been intensifying in virtually all sectors of society,
with new social patterns and new Psittaculture opportunities
This trend was being highly visible within the
life with parrots, and
by the great
IV International Parrot Convention, we are now entering
a phase of
# FIRST CLASS SERVICE.
I was very impressed with Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling
and his team
organising of the IV International Parrot
Convention. Their efforts
clearly reflect the high
level of friendly and helpful professionalism
found in the Convention, the Loro Parque
and the hotel Botanico.
For the team Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling had carefully selected
warm, friendly people who are professional in
their approach and
who enjoy talking with others, sharing the
for parrots and the natural world with the
taking care of the convention participants needs when necessary.
They were all well-organised people, who pay
attention to details
and were able
to take care of the logistics of the IV International
Parrot Convention in such a
way that the convention participants
were unaware of the
work going on ' behind the scenes ' leaving
the participants free to enjoy a hassle-free Parrot
in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling and his team all had a
sense of humor as
to engender the right atmosphere into the IV International
They all also had a more than average
level of patience so as to
be able to
deal calmly with any problems should they
If the convention participants had any problem
Kiessling and his team took an immediate
interest to resolve it.
I am truly gratefull for the way Mr. Wolfgang
Kiessling and his
team had created this smooth-running, parrot unbeatable and
- above all - entertaining and extremely enjoyable
Thanks to the IV International Parrot Convention
I am very proud
to be a
Psittaculturist ...... !
# LORO PARQUE :
Loro Parque was founded in 1972 by Mr. Wolfgang
at 17. December 1997 celebrated 25 years of
success. The number
of parrots on the park has vastly increased
since the parks creation,
and with the beautiful natural space that
surrounds them, they are
looked after like nowhere else, right down to
the smallest detail.
Over 17 millions people have visited the
tropical Loro Parque, situated
in Puerto de la Cruz, north of Tenerife, Canary
With the world's largest collections of parrots,
over 300 species
and some 3.000 birds, Loro Parque now has the biggest collection
of parrots in the world, and the main objective
of Loro Parque is the
conservation and reproduction of
Loro Parque Foundation has been set up for the birds. And
inauguration of the Loro Parque Foundation - Centre of
was one of the most important events at the IV International
Convention. The centre is more than 25.000 square meters, and
situated outside Loro Parque, recreating the different
of the world in which the 1000's of parrots that they intend
to rear live.
The park also has many other attractions, such
as the most moderne
Dolphinarium in the world, and an enourmous
aquarium where you
observe many kinds of marine animals, from the
the biggest sharks
to the smallest fish.
There are other permanent residents at the park, such as the
jaguars, gorillas, chimpanzees, and an authentic Thai Village.
very soon there will be
another attraction: a collection of Antarctic
# THE 5 .INTERNATIONAL PARROT CONVENTION in year
I am sure that the wonderful IV International
Parrot Convention will
fondly be remembered as the best Internation
Parrot Convention ...
Well ... - at least until the next International Parrot Convention ... !
At the Galla
dinner's closing speech, at the fantastic
luxurious hotel Botanico, Mr. Wolfgang Kiessling wellcome all
parrot interested people to the 5. International Parrot
which will be
hosted by Loro Parque, in the September, year 2002.
You should already now book-mark the 5.
International Parrot Convention.
# MEMBER OF LORO PARQUE
If you wanted to be kept informed with the Loro
magazine " Cyanopsitta " and the work
of Loro Parque Foundation, as
well as the development of the 5. International
Parrot Convention in
year 2002, I can highly recommend you to be a member of the :
Loro Parque Foundation,
38400 Puerto de la Cruz,
phn. + 34 9 22 37 40 81
fax. + 34 9 22 37 50 21
Peter H. Them,