Bonnie Zimmermann The Wild ConnectionFounder of The Wild Connection, and Vice President of Project Bird Watch, Bonnie Zimmermann has been involved with the parrot world for twenty years.
Like many people in the beginning she
started as a ,pet owner, but gradually evolved to where she
is today, working to promote education, rescue, rehabilitation and enrichment for parrots in captivity and developing programs to protect and study endangered parrots in their natural environment.To date she
has worked in Central and South America, and Eastern Indonesia.
From the very first moment of sharing her
life with an old Amazon parrot, she
decided to learn as much as she
could about these fascinating creatures.It started with home study courses in Ornithology from Cornell University
, then she
became an apprentice to Dr. Robert Clipsham, a well respected avian veterinarian.Her
new home became the California Exotics Clinic in Simi Valley, California where she
focused on avian pediatrics. She
studied aviculture and began to breed parrots.She
worked with everything from conures to cockatoos.Volunteer work at the Los Angeles Zoo on the Condor program and night shift work at the Los Angeles Wildlife Waystation Animal Hospital fine-tuned her experience.
All this new-found education led to writing assignments for the Pet Bird Report
, Bird Talk
, American Society of Aviculture
, the American Federation of Aviculture
and public speaking on parrots, husbandry and preventative medicine.In an earlier life, Bonnie worked as a television producer in Los Angeles, and feels that the media is the best way to reach out to the world, so she is developing a series of documentaries about parrots, their plight and research projects around the globe that will illustrate what,s happening in the field, but will not encourage the pet trade.She
lives in Pope Valley, California with a small flock of elderly, disabled and emotionally challenged parrots.
...Bonnie Zimmermann is a Board member and producer with the company which will advance $15,000 worth of production services for use in the documentaries and in the promotion of the cause.