Dr. Jesus Estudillo Lopez
Dr. Jesus Estudillo, a Mexican veterinarian and animal reproduction and nursery specialist, is also known as a bird breeder. In Latin America, he is known as the "Father of Cracidae".
In the 1950's, he established a breeding programme and infrastructure in Mexico City called "La Siberia" for endangered species. When Dr. Estudillo started the project, the importance of ex-situ conservation for possible reintroduction to their natural habitat was at an initial stage.
His research involves technological development of vaccines for birds (Cracidae, Cranes and Parrots); research on the nutritional requirements of families and species; reproduction, breeding and enhancement of genetic variation with ex-situ techniques for species of Cracidae; research on habitat requirements for Cracidae, Cranes and Parrots; the establishment of artificial habitats for ex-situ management; research on the natural selection process of the above species; research on plagues and diseases that affect these species; research on the reproductive behaviour of birds as well as on the competition within and between species.
Dr. Estudillo built a centre for endangered bird species where 1,200 birds are represented, encompassing 100% of all Cracidae in the world, 0% of the Cranes and 70% of the existing endangered Parrots. Dr. Estudillo has for 40 years carried out all his research and programmes without commercial or political interest and at great personal and financial costs.