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Mehd Halaouate

Mehd Halaouate

Mehd Halaouate

Indonesian Project Manager

Mehd has been fascinated with birds from a very early age when he lived with his family in Morocco. He has been a WPT member since 1994, when he met Mike Reynolds while WPT was launching a Scandinavian branch in the English Embassy in Copenhagen. In Sweden, with his wife Lena, he began to keep and breed many parrot species such as Yellow-crested Cockatoos, Red-bellied Parrots, Black-headed Caiques, four fig-parrot species as well as softbills. To learn more about parrots in their habitat they decided to travel to where fig-parrots are found in Papua (formally known as Irian Jaya) in Indonesia. Seeing Palm cockatoos, Pesquet’s parrots and many Bird of Paradise species were among the highlights of the trip. This interest in the birds of the region developed into intensive travelling around Indonesia in search of endemic species and creating a network of contacts. Birding Indonesia guided tours was born as a result and since 2003 many friends and guests have taken part, enjoying watching the many species thrive in their wild and remote habitat.

Combining birdwatching tours with conservation work to protect the native birds of Indonesia came naturally and in 2010 Mehd started assisting the World Parrot Trust in a program to help protect the remaining small populations of Yellow-crested Cockatoos, Mitchell’s Lorikeets and Red-and-blue Lories.  He was also asked by the Begawan Foundation in 2011 to assist in the breeding and release of Bali Starlings in both Nusa Penida and Bali islands. He has helped organize three Bali Starling releases in central Bali island with Dr. Jane Goodall doing the last release in June 2014, the first of their kind. Mehd is now the manager of the breeding Center at the Green School in Sibang, Bali.  Currently he divides his time between tours, the Trust and the Green School.