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Steve Boyes

Conservation Biologist

National Geographic Emerging Explorer and TED Fellow Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. A native of South Africa, Boyes is a biologist with a Ph.D. in zoology and extensive training in management and development of protected areas. Boyes founded and directs the South Africa­based Wild Bird Trust with the objective of keeping wild birds safe in the wild. The Trust administers the far­reaching Cape Parrot Project, a community­based conservation project that aims to enrich the lives of the disadvantaged and impoverished communities who live within the home range of South Africa’s only endemic parrot, further enhancing its protection. The project recently launched an ambitious reforestation program that will plant one million trees to serve as habitat for the parrots.


Boyes’s other focus is Botswana’s Okavango Delta—what he calls “the beating heart of our planet.” This uniquely pristine delta spans a 10,000­ square­-mile patchwork of wooded islands, floodplains, channels, and lagoons, fringed by the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango supports a rich network of wildlife including lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetahs, water buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and the largest remaining elephant population on Earth. His efforts through the years contributed to the declaration in 2011 of the Okavango Delta as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Boyes is now working to protect the delta’s catchment in Angola and Namibia, which remain vulnerable and largely unexplored.

Highlights & Accomplishments
National Geographic Emerging Explorer
TED Fellow
Founded and directs the South Africa-based Wild Bird Trust and administers the Cape Parrot Project.
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