The Macaw Project

Screenings of this film can be shown with The Invisible Wildlife Photographer & Lapalala







26 min


Cintia Garai



The Macaw Project – Biologists, Ecotourists and Local Communities for the Amazonian Rainforest, is a 26-minute documentary of macaw conservation research filmed in the Peruvian tropical rainforest. The documentary was made with the aim to direct public attention towards the problems that macaws and other creatures face in their natural habitat and the importance of scientific conservation research in this region. This film differs from previous nature documentaries because it is filmed mainly by the researchers themselves; something that is rarely seen on the screen. We explain the newest methods of conservation biology and present up-to-date findings in a comprehensible way in this spectacular movie.

The Macaw Project also seeks to provide an alternative solution for biodiversity conservation: an internationally applicable model that can help to protect highly biodiverse places in many different regions of the Earth. Our model incorporates scientific research, eco-tourism, and the collaboration of local communities to live in their ecosystem in a sustainable way.


The Invisible Wildlife Photographer (3rd episode)

To take a good photograph is never easy. To take a great photograph of an uncooperative subject – like a bird for example – is even harder. But to take the perfect image of a bird midst breath-taking behaviour is practically impossible. Bence Máté however, knows the trick, for he is invisible! To the bird’s eye, at least.


Lapalala – An Example to Follow

In South Africa’s Waterberg Mountains, land was bought and sold for practically nothing after taken from the native people. Then in 1981 two man – Dale Parker and Clive Walker – came and realized the potential of this remote part of the country. Thanks to their joint effort, 19 farms were obtained. This is how Lapalala Wilderness was established. By now the 36 thousand hectare reserve became a safe heaven for endangered species such as the white and black rhino. In Lapalala, native people and professional conservationists work in close collaboration to save the wildlife. Whether their efforts are coming into fruition or not, is still a question. But one thing is sure. This nature reserve – in a lot of ways – sets an example to follow.


Kurt Holle, George Olah, Donald Brightsmith and Sharman Hoppes


George Olah, Cintia Garai, Kurt Holle, Braulio Poje Mishaja, Attila Dávid Molnár, Balazs Tisza, Zsolt Marcell Tóth

film links:

The Macaw Project Website


current screenings