TRAGIC NEWS

13 Jul
Russell Kingston at the bird hide in Punda Maria. Kruger National Park. 2013. Photo Eelco Meyjes

Russell Kingston at the bird hide in Punda Maria. Kruger National Park. 2013. 

It is with deep regret that I need to inform you that last night Russell Kingston sadly passed away.Russell was an absolute gentleman and a founding member and director of the Rare Finch Conservation Group.His contribution to worldwide aviculture will never be equaled.

On behalf of the Rare Finch Conservation Group I would sincerely like to thank Russell for his enormous and valuable contribution to the group over the many, many years.

Shelley’s crimsonwing. Photo courtesy http://www.gorilla.org

Russell played an instrumental role in helping to raise the international awareness of Africa’s rarest finch the Shelley’s  Crimsonwing.It was Russell’s firm belief that aviculture should become a modern day conservation tool.The concept of aviculturists making a meaningful contribution to finch conservation work in the world has grown substantially in credibility.

Our deepest condolences are sent to Indra and his family. Thank you Russell for everything that you have done for aviculture in the world.

 RIP

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