Conservation Influencers

Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots

Brandenburg, Germany 

Founded in 2006, the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) is, according to its website, a registered non-profit organisation based in Germany that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of threatened parrots and their habitats. ACTP’s work involves both in situ and ex situ work, including the setting up and maintenance of safety net breeding populations.

Alongside its partners in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Dominica, Brazil and Australia, ACTP develops techniques and implements measures to protect endangered parrots from illegal trafficking. One part of its mission is to preserve parrots in their natural habitats, free from human influences. To this end, ACTP operates a facility in Germany where it breeds endangered parrots with the dual intention of releasing them into the wild and increasing the magnitude of captive populations. 

The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots works with scientific institutions, international organisations and wildlife protection agencies, complemented by its cooperation with a large community of institutional and private breeding organisations. For example, it is involved in CITES’ affairs and it attended CoP-18.

The Guardian newspaper in the UK accused ACTP of being a secretive organization, which publishes no information on its website about its board or governance, no annual financial reports about its donors or other funding. However, the investigative journalists at The Guardian cited no rule-breaking (of CITES or any national laws whatsoever) in their article, and neither did they accuse ACTP of any animal welfare related management shortcomings.


Martin Gurth.

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Conservation Influencers is a searchable directory of the animal activist, environmental and ecological lobby. It examines the history, mission, methodology and reputation of NGOs to assess their impact on the global conservation cause.


Wildlife Conservation Society

In 1906, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) put an African man on display in Bronx Zoo’s Monkey House. In 1918, one of WCS’s founding fathers, Madison Grant, published Passing of the Great Race, which Adolf Hitler referred to as his ‘Bible’. Another leading creator and early leader of WCS, Henry Fairfield Osborn Sr, was also a founder of the American Eugenics Society. His son headed WCS from 1940 to 1968, overseeing a series of major initiatives in Africa. There, WCS became one of the architects of the prohibition movement, which put wildlife for consumptive use and vast regions of land out of bounds to humanity. In 2020, WCS distanced itself in public from the racist views of Grant and Henry Fairfield Osborn Sr. But it has yet to issue a critical account of the legacy of Fairfield Osborn Jr, even though he led WCS into the modern era while sharing similar politically-inspired ecological goals to his father and Grant. WCS devotes considerable financial resources to influencing outcomes at CITES. WCS’s CEO reportedly earns USD$1,320,978.