Wildlife Messengers

Conveying messages from SCIENTISTS and CONSERVATIONISTS in a way understandable to diverse target audiences, in order to raise AWARENESS, educate, and trigger action.

    

SUPPORT

Wildlife Messengers is a nonprofit organization and needs your help to achieve its goals. Please support us in one of the many ways available here.


OUR PRINCIPLES

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

We have a lot of experience developing proposals for international research and film projects. We always conduct deep background research before our projects.

SCIENTIFIC APPROACH

When starting a project, we always conduct thorough scientific background research by reviewing the latest academic and environmental literature on the topic, and liaising with experts, local communities, decision makers, and/or other non-profit organizations. Our aim is to understand as many aspects of the project contexts as possible.

COMMUNICATIVE CONSERVATION APPROACH

We look for topics most in need of urgent conservation actions. Our aim is to make videos that engage and educate viewers about facts and possible solutions surrounding these topics. We want to educate, while maintaining a balance between educating and entertaining.

INCLUSION OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

We always seek the engagement of local communities during the preparation and filming stages of a project. Collaborative capacity building is one of our goals.

TOPIC-APPROPRIATE FILMOGRAPHY

To transmit the messages of local conservation issues, we use modern filming techniques to deliver great video quality, while also advocate videos taken by local people. There are times when local footage obtained from a cell phone camera fits our goals better than arriving with a film crew. Our aim is to record, but not to disturb. We evaluate the best methods and use the best equipment possible to get the job done.

TARGETING AUDIENCES

We target and tailor our messages to specific audiences, be it local communities, students, NGOs, or decision makers. We consider the motivation and knowledge of an audience, and the message we hope to convey. When appropriate, we make different versions of a film to reach different audiences.

THE MESSENGERS

We are enthusiastic scientists, filmmakers, and photographers with a common goal to promote wildlife conservation.

ABOUT US

Mission

Wildlife Messengers is a 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. We will evaluate and publish the impact of such conservation films. We also will establish an online archive of amateur, semi-professional, and professional nature conservation films, photographs, and audio recordings to make them available for the public.

History

Before the establishment of Wildlife Messengers, all three cofounders had experiences with connecting media and conservation. They realized that there is a bridge between the scientific work and active conservation activities. Knowledge from scientific research should be conveyed not only to other scientists but also to general audiences and to decision makers in an understandable way. The first common project by Cintia and George was The Macaw Project documentary. This film was translated into many languages (including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Hungarian), screened in many different countries, and gained much public attention.

Through recognizing the power of scientific documentaries and photography, and the effect each has on the broader public, and grounded on their common interest in wildlife conservation using scientific tools and the power of media, Cintia, George, and Robert established the non-profit corporation Wildlife Messengers in 2017.

Contact Info

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  •   info@wildlifemessengers.org

CONTACT US

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

BLOG

Heralding the Macaw Kingdom

The Macaw Project started with a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo 3 years ago. Thanks to the initial support of many people, the documentary is getting well known worldwide, participating in film festivals, broadcasted in national TV channels, being translated to 6 languages, and most importantly spreading the word about an important conservation collaboration among researchers, members of native communities, and eco-tourists. Conservation research in the Peruvian Amazon has a much longer history. Researchers from many different fields study the rainforest ecosystem, from the ground level all the way up to the canopy and even higher with remote sensing. Carrying out field research in such conditions is often very challenging and probably less known by the wider public. We thought we should show how these researchers work in the Peruvian Amazon and take it to your screen. In association with Filmjungle.eu, we are extremely excited to announce the continuation of The Macaw Project: THE MACAW KINGDOM, a one hour long documentary film featuring the everyday work of scientists in the Tambopata region of Peru, and showing how they collect important scinetific data to conserve this biodiversity hotspot. The film is now in postproduction stage and will be released tentatively towards the end of this year!  

OUR PROJECTS

The Macaw Project documentary – www.macawmovie.com

George and Cintia produced various short videos about the work of scientists in the Peruvian Amazon from a science communication grant by the Peruvian Government.






During her PhD studies at the Kyoto University, Japan, Cintia gained a Japanese grant to make a short film in the bonobo sanctuary of Kinshasa, DR Congo, for Congolese children about the plight of bonobos. Since 2014, the film is shown every Monday in different elementary schools in Kinshasa accompanied by a lecture about bonobos by the lecturer of the sanctuary. The 5-minute long film can be seen here in French:

During her conservation activities in the Congo, Cintia had the opportunity to film the illegal trade of African grey parrots. Some of her footage was used for the CITES meeting in 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to upgrade the protection status of the species from Appendix II to Appendix I, with success. The short film can be seen here:

Cintia made another film about parrots recently, which introduces the research and conservation activities for the elusive palm cockatoos in Cape York, Australia.