4 Aug

Professor Ernst Kruger

Professor Ernst Kruger

It is with deep regret that we need to inform all of our followers and supporters of the very sad and sudden passing of Professor Ernst Kruger. Ernst was a founder member and director of the Rare Finch Conservation Group. Not only was he one of South Africa’s finest aviculturists, but his contribution to the Rare Finch Conservation Group over the past 10 years was massive.

Threatened Shelley's crimsonwing finch. Visual courtesy

Shelley’s crimsonwing finch. Visual courtesy

Ernst played a lead scientific role with the work that was done up in Uganda on the threatened and elusive Shelley’s crimson wing finch. The fieldwork findings were shared with BirdLife International, Nature Uganda, Uganda Wildlife Authorities and many more conservation organisations. To date there are still only two known photographs of the finch in the world

More recently Ernst played an instrumental part in helping to prepare the research methodology required for the Orange-breasted Waxbill, Africa’s smallest finch, which now needs conservation help.

Ernst was a man with extreme integrity, high moral values and an amazing family man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elmien and two sons plus their families during this very difficult time.


27 JULY 1956 – 3 AUGUST 2015


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