About us

Psitácidos mexicanos A.C.: (Association for Mexican Parrots) was founded in 2016 by Sarai Anaya Valera and Elisabeth Zeppetzauer.

Elisabeth Zeppetzauer studied biology at the University of Salzburg, Austria specializing in ethology and did her diploma thesis about the social behavior of African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). She has worked with parrots in captivity doing rehabilitation and resocialization of former pet parrots in Austria for more than 10 years. From 2008 to 2011 Elisabeth was the director of the first parrot sanctuary in Austria which she founded together with Nadja Ziegler, president of the Parrot Protection Society Austria (ARGE Papageienschutz), before she went to Mexico to dedicate her efforts to the protection of parrots in the wild.

Sarai Anaya Valera studied biology at the UAM, Xochimilco in Mexico City. 2010 she volunteered at the Austrian parrot shelter in  Vienna (Parrot Protection Society Austria).

2012 Anaya Valera and Zeppetzauer joined a Mexican reintroduction project with scarlet macaws (Ara macao cyanoptera) organized by UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City), Xcaret (ecoarcheological theme park, Quintana Roo) and La Otra Opción (private wildlife reserve, Veracruz). Sarai Anaya Valera realized her diploma thesis with the anti-predator training of the captive group of scarlet macaws that were further released in Palenque, Mexico.

Zeppetzauer and Anaya Valera coordinated the ethological work as well as the educative visits in the area of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz until the successful liberation in June 2014. In this region macaws had become extinct more than 80 years ago.

The team of PSITAMEX played a major role in the reintroduction project of Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao cyanoptera) in Veracruz, Mexico during the years 2012 and 2014
organized by the National University of Mexico (UNAM)
and other partner organizations.

We believe that through unified knowledge and participatory environmental education we can develop harmony and respect between humans and their natural environment. Together we can reach a great impact in safeguarding our natural environment as well as animal welfare and biodiversity.“ (Elisabeth Zeppetzauer)