Parrot Society of New Zealand

Parrot Society Convention 2018

Anil Garg (India)

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Anil’s passion for animals of all descriptions was evident from a very young age. His first foray into animal breeding was with mice and rats when he was around 6 years of age, from here his interest rapidly grew and he soon built up a small collection of exotic birds including Cockatiels, Diamond Doves, Peach-faced Lovebirds and various finches. The lovebirds soon bred for him and that was it…Anil was well and truly hooked!

Since these early days, Anil’s passion has only increased and he now maintains a large and varied collection of exotic parrots across two large facilities. Species range from various conures, such as Pearly, Crimson-bellied and Patagonian, lories including Red and Blue, Dusky and Ornate, caiques, and most of the African species including Red-bellied, Rüppell's, Jardine’s and Capes to Hawk-headed Parrots, various Amazons, such Cuban and Double-yellow Headed, numerous cockatoos including Goffin’s, Palms and Red-tailed Blacks, and Macaws including Scarlets, Great Green, Red-fronted and Blue-throated to name but a few!

In addition to 100+ species of parrots that Anil holds across his two facilities, he also keeps various species of tamarins and marmosets as well as numerous reptiles. Primates and reptiles are another great passion of his. And let’s also not forget the wallabies and the Capybaras!

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Anil is also a founding member and the inaugural and current secretary of the Avian Society of India or ASI as it is more often referred. The ASI represents the first society of its kind in India and aims to not only share experience and knowledge, but also to bring breeders together under the umbrella of a national organisation that represents aviculture and aviculturists from the ground level up.

Away from the birds, Anil runs several companies, across a number of fields, the main two being the software companies Pty Ltd and, along with businesses in both the confectionary and fertilizer manufacturing industries.

Anil will be sharing the work that he has done to promote aviculture within India and breeding successes he has had. A hobby that has exploded within his country over a small amount of time, bringing a new, fresh and exciting dimension to aviculture and conservation within India and also globally. We warmly welcome Anil to New Zealand during April 2018.

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Anil is sponsored by Vetafarm and will be speaking
on the following subjects:

Aviculture in India
Artificial Incubation and Embryology


Dr Jason Crean (USA)DrJasonCreen

Jason Crean, MS, EdD is a degreed biologist, an avid aviculturist specializing in the propagation of green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, and First Vice-President for the American Federation of Aviculture. Crean often speaks to avicultural groups across the country and acts as consultant to zoos and other institutions, including the Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center and Chicago Nature Museum. He specializes in taking actual scientific research, like that of the Genetics lab, and incorporating it into classroom lessons to illustrate how science affects conservation. As Education Chair for the AFA, he has begun incorporating this work so students around the world can view the importance of Aviculture in their classrooms. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs for a host of different audiences.


Dr. Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university levels and a curriculum designer and instructor in the Education Department at the Chicago Zoological Society. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highest award a teacher can receive in the US, by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. He serves as President for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the College Board's National Science Advisory Panel.


As a committee we have observed the work that Jason has been involved in over a few years and we have been inspired by his passion to share his knowledge and experiences with others.
He is a pioneer in developing alternative feeding opportunities for our birds to enjoy with extremely positive feedback from users of his methods.
We are truly honoured to be able to host Jason during our convention and thank him for his commitment to ensure a successfull event.
















Jason will be speaking on the following subjects:

Zoo - trition: The Importance of Raw Whole Foods
The Incorporation of Teas into Animal Husbandry


Michael Lee - Aviculturist (AUS)


Michael embarked on his aviculture journey at early age, breeding budgerigars with his father as a hobby. Michael maintained his interest in budgerigar breeding until his interests matured into other areas of aviculture.

After meeting his partner, who also had an interest in aviculture but a particular focus on macaws, soon became a joint adventure in macaws. Their journey started with a pair of Blue & Gold Macaws, followed by a second pair six months later, to now over 70 Macaws in their collection. This passion built the foundations and the official formation of the Australian Macaw Research Centre (AMRC). The AMRC is the first and only private research centre dedicated to the research of macaws in Australia, and the second private research centre to be admitted into Species 360.


Michael has a particular interest in macaw diet and nutrition, and tracing particular blood lines to the original imports of macaws into Australia. With the cessation of macaw importation into Australia, the blood line traceability has proven to be quite valuable data for husbandry purposes. Michael has researched every AMRC macaw blood line extensively back to the original importation. This information is then entered into sophisticated software, which then can be used to compile detailed reports.

The AMRC collects and shares data with other international research centres, breeders and conservationists, endeavouring to educate and assist in macaw conservation both in Australia and on International platforms.
In later 2017, the AMRC is relocating to 50 acres, where further research and expansion can occur. This will include zoological enclosures being designed and built with the implementation of new technologies.


Michael will be speaking on the following subjects:

Unveiling Macaw Mysteries, Diet with a Difference
Uncovering those Speculations, Choosing a Macaw